Eight President of the United States


Martin Van Buren - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 - July 24, 1862), nicknamed Old Kinderhook, was the eighth President of the United States. He was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System, the first president of non-Anglo descent, and the only President whose primary first language was not English; Dutch was spoken in his house when he was a boy. ..."


5 Dec 1782, in Kinderhook, New York


24 Jul 1862, in Kinderhook, New York


Bureaucracy and the Civil Service in the United States, by Murray Rothbard, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, 1995
Historical account of the evolution of the United States Civil Service and attempts to reform it, from its beginnings through the early 20th century
"... Martin Van Buren, the brilliant political tactician who had been inspired by a weekend with Jefferson at Monticello in May 1824 to spend his life forming a new political party — later to be the Democratic Party — dedicated to taking back America for the old cause, for the libertarian Old Republican ideals of 1776 and 1798."
Martin Van Buren: The American Gladstone, by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Reassessing the Presidency, 2001
"Van Buren was a lawyer-president who represented a new breed of professional politician. ... a close examination of Van Buren's four years in office reveals that historians have grossly underrated his many remarkable accomplishments against heavy odds. These, in my opinion, rank Martin Van Buren as the greatest president in American history."
Related Topic: Democratic Party
Martin Van Buren: The Greatest American President [PDF], by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, The Independent Review, 1999
"While avoiding foreign wars, he ... reduced the power and reach of central authority in the face of stiff resistance ... Americans once enjoyed greater freedom from government intervention than any other people. For that accomplishment, Martin Van Buren deserves as much credit as any other single individual ..."