US History - Martin Van Buren

The 8th President of the U.S. was Martin Van Buren was the first President born as a United States citizen since the American Revolution. For a while he was Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of State and Vice President and was therefore an essential individual in the development of Jacksonian democracy. He was in office during an economic hardship, the Panic of 1837. For this he was often blamed and was named “Martin Van Ruin” by political opponents. He was born on December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York and died on July 24, 1862.