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[Library of Congress]


8th President (1837-1841), 8th Vice President (1833-1837)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading

Education: Kinderhook Academy

Occupation: lawyer

Political Affiliation: Democrat

Religious Affiliation: Dutch Reformed

Summary of Religious Views:

Franklin Steiner, in his book The Religious Beliefs Of Our Presidents, categorized Van Buren among "Presidents Whose Religious Views Are Doubtful."

Views on Religion & Politics:


"All forms of religion have united for the first time to diffuse charity and piety, because for the first time in the history of nations all have been totally untrammeled and absolutely free." -- Second Annual Message to Congress, 3 December 1838

References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links


Works by Martin Van Buren

ed. by John C. Fitzpatrick, The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren, (Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1918, Vol. II, 1920; reprint, The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren
Inquiry into the origin and course of political parties in the United States, Hurd and Houghton, 1867; reprint, Inquiry into the origin and course of political parties in the United States


Holmes Alexander, The American Talleyrand: The Career and Contemporaries of Martin Van Buren, Eighth President, Harper & Bros., 1935
Donald Cole, Martin Van Buren And The American Political System, Princeton Univ. Press, 1984
James C. Curtis, The Fox at Bay: Martin Van Buren and the Presidency, 1837-1841
Jerome Mushkat and Joseph G. Rayback, Martin Van Buren: Law, Politics, and the Shaping of Republican Ideology, Northern Illinois Univ. Press, 1997
John Niven, Martin Van Buren : The Romantic Age of American Politics (Signature Series), Oxford Univ. Press, 1983
Robert Remini, Martin Van Buren and the Making of the Democratic Party, Columbia Univ. Press, 1959
Joel Silbey, Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics (American Profiles (Rowman & Littlefield Paperback)), Rowman & Littlefield, 2002
Ted Widmer, Martin Van Buren (The American Presidents), Times Books, 2004
Major L. Wilson, The Presidency of Martin Van Buren (American Presidency Series), Univ. Press of Kansas, 1984


Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, "Martin Van Buren: The Greatest American President," The Independent Review, Vol. IV, No. 2, Fall 1999, pp. 255-281


Works by Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren: Historic Speeches (Presidential Rhetoric)
Martin Van Buren: Selected Works (Humanities Web)
Document Library (TeachingAmericanHistory.org)
Inaugural Address (AMDOCS)
Inaugural Address (Bartleby)

Biographical Sites

Martin Van Buren [alternate site] (POTUS)
Martin Van Buren (White House)
VAN BUREN, Martin, 1782-1862 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
Martin Van Buren (USA Presidents)
Martin Van Buren (American President)
Martin Van Buren (1833-1837) (Vice Presidents of the United States -- U.S. Senate)
Life Portrait of Martin Van Buren (C-SPAN)
Martin Van Buren (Kinderhook Connection)
Martin Van Buren: The American Gladstone (Ludwig von Mises Institute)
Martin Van Buren (Medical History of the Presidents of the United States)

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