Name: Martin Van Buren

Party: Democratic

Term Served: 1837–1841

Birth State: N.Y

Born: 12/5/1782

Died: 7/24/1862

Religion: Reformed Dutch

Elected Age: 54

Age At Death: 79

Dissimilar to the seven men who went before him in the White House, Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the very first president that was a citizen of United States by birth, and not a British subject. He rose rapidly in New York governmental issues, winning a U.S. Senate seat in 1821 and directing a complex state political association. Van Buren helped structure the new Democratic Party from an alliance of Jeffersonian Republicans who upheld the military saint and president Andrew Jackson.

A most loved of Jackson’s, Van Buren won the White House himself in 1836 yet was tormented by a money related frenzy that held the country the next year. In the wake of losing his offer for re-appointment in 1840, Van Buren ran again fruitlessly in 1844 (when he lost the Democratic designation to the expert southern applicant James K. Polk) and 1848 (as an individual from the abolitionist Free Soil Party).