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A Chronology of Martin Van Buren's Life and Career

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

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.
1836 Martin Van Buren's Administration Elected President of the United States.
1839 Lindenwald Bought an estate south of Kinderhook.
1840   Defeated for re-election by William Henry Harrison.
1848   Nominated for President by the Free Soil Party.
July 24, 1862 Van Buren's grave Died in Kinderhook, New York.

William Henry Harrison

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