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President Martin Van Buren Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: December 05, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York
Died: July 24, 1862 in Kinderhook, New York
MARTIN VAN BUREN (1782-1862), a shrewd politician known as "The Little Magician" and "Old Kinderhook" (the origin of the term "OK") had been a U.S. Senator(1821-1828) and Governor of New York (1829). He was Jackson's Secretary of State until April 1831, when he was appointed Minister to Great Britain. Jackson quarreled bitterly with John C. Calhoun, Vice President in his first term, and replaced him with Van Buren in his second (1833-1837). Van Buren was himself elected President in 1836, but lost his bid for re-election, in large measure because of a severe economic slump which many historians attribute to Jackson's policies. Van Buren would run for President again as candidate of the Free Soil Party in 1848. Here Van Buren declines to intervene directly in a naval disciplinary matter, referring the matter to his Cabinet Secretary.

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