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Martin Van Buren's erect bearing and high, broad forehead gave him a dignified appearance, but his opponents accused him of being a sly scheming politician. They called him "The Little Magician" and "The Fox of Kinderhook," and ridiculed his courteous manners. When Van Buren continued to deal politely with his political rivals, they said this showed his lack of deep convictions.

Martin Van Buren

Chronology of His Life and Career

  December 5, 1782 Born in Kinderhook, New York.
  1797 Took part in his first court trial.
  1803 Admitted to the New York Bar.
  February 21, 1807 Married Hannah Hoes.
  1808 Named Surrogate of Columbia County, New York.
  1812 Elected to the New York Senate.
  1816 Appointed Attorney General of New York.
  February 5, 1819 Hannah Van Buren died.
  1821 Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention.
  1821 Elected to the U.S. Senate.
  1828 Elected Governor of New York.
  1829 Appointed Secretary of State.
  1831 Named U.S. Minister to Great Britain, but the Senate refused to confirm the appointment.
  1832 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
Martin Van Buren's Administration 1836 Elected President of the United States.
Lindenwald 1839 Bought an estate south of Kinderhook.
  1840 Defeated for re-election by William Henry Harrison.
  1848 Nominated for President by the Free Soil Party.
Van Buren's grave July 24, 1862 Died in Kinderhook, New York.

See Also

William Henry Harrison

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