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Martin Van Buren
(1782 - 1862)

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1782 Born 5 December
1796 Begins to study law
1802 Studies under William Peter van Ness
1803 Admitted to the bar
1807 Marries Hannah Hoes Van Buren
1808 Surrogate of Columbia County until 1813
1812 Enters the state Senate
1815 Becomes the state attorney general
1820 Chosen a presidential elector
1821 Elected to the United States Senate
1827 Re-elected to the Senate by a large majority
1828 Elected governor of New York, resigns seat in Senate
1829 President Jackson appoints van Buren as Secretary of State
1831 Appointed minister to the Court of St. James (Great Britain)
1832 Nominated for vice-president on the Jackson ticket, Jackson wins
1836 Elected President
1840 Runs for re-election, but is defeated by Harrison
1844 Seeks Democratic nomination, but loses to James K. Polk
1848 Nominated by two minor parties: the "Barnburner" faction, then by the Free Soilers - he wins no electoral votes
1862 Dies 24 July
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