Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)

Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States

Associated Houses

Decatur House

Washington D.C.



He was born at Kinderhook, New York. He was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" (O.K.) and founded the Democratic Party. He served as the 8th President of the United States, succeeding his great friend Andrew Jackson. His first words were Dutch, but he was the first President of the United States to be born under the American flag, hence he is often referred to as "the first American president". In 1807, he married Hannah Hoes and they had five children. They lived at Lindenwald in Kinderhook.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 21/11/2018 and last updated on 21/11/2020.