President's Day Martin Van Buren

Born:  Dec. 5, 1782
Birthplace: Kinderhook, N.Y.
Party:  Democratic
Age at Inauguration:  54
Served:  1837-1841
Died:  July 24, 1862
Age at Death:  79
College:  None
Religion:  Dutch Reformed
Occupation:  Lawyer
Runner-Up:  William H. Harrison (1836)
Vice President:  Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841)

Some Trivia

  • He was the first president who was born a U.S. citizen.
  • He made three unsuccessful bids for re-election.
  • His autobiography does not mention his wife even once.
  • He was known as the "Little Magician" and the "Red Fox of Kinderhook" because of his reputed cunning and skill as a politician.
  • The term "O.K." was popularized because of Van Buren. Van Buren was from Kinderhook, New York, sometimes referred to as Old Kinderhook in speeches and print. O.K. Clubs soon formed to support Van Buren's campaign. "O.K." later came to mean all right.

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