Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Eighth President: Martin Van Buren - 3 comments

Hello Old Kinderhook! Yes, that's Mr. Martin Van Buren, the eighth President. Let's skip the history and go straight to the fun facts, shall we?

1. They called him Old Kinderhook.
2. Van Buren popularized what's known as the 'spoils system.' When a new President takes office, and he replaces the whole presidential cabinet, they're following VB's lead. Before this, Cabinet appointments did not change each administration.
3. Van Buren was the first President to be born an American citizen, not British.
4. Strangely, though, his family spoke Dutch. Martin learned English as a second language.


Blogger The Tilted Tulip said...

He looks like a very hairy man!

September 22, 2007 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im Burnin for Van Buren!! me and my sis are big van Buren fans! love this piece man! Great homage to the awesome Van Buren.

February 24, 2009 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Bob Robertson said...

Anyone interested in Van Buren should read or listen to this talk by SJSU history professor Jeff Hummell.

I really like the MP3 of his talk. Re-elect Martin van Buren!

February 14, 2012 at 5:53 AM  

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