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December 5: Martin Van Buren (1782)

It was on this date, December 5, 1782, that the 8th President of the United States (4 March 1837 – 4 March 1841), and the first US President born in the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in New York. Of Dutch ancestry, he attended the Dutch Reformed Church. A protégé of Aaron Burr and the Vice President to Andrew Jackson, during Van Buren’s one-term presidency he attended the Episcopal church in the neighborhood of the White House.

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Originally published December 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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