Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862), nicknamed "Old Kinderhook", was the eighth President of the United States of America. He was the first President born after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the first not of British descent, and the only U.S. president whose first language was not English (it was Dutch).
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Inaugural address (1837)
- Martin Van Buren's Inaugural Address (March 4, 1837)
- I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.
- All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.
Quotes about Van Buren
- The 'George Bush' of Jacksonian Democracy. Van Buren was the first President whose experience was exclusively as a politician.
- Kelley L. Ross, as quoted in The Great Republic: Presidents and States of the United States (2012).