Friday, 30 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 8: Martin Van Buren

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN


He's not got anything on but this is still Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), the eighth President of the United States. Here are the pertinent details:

MARTIN VAN BUREN

Born 5th December 1782, Kinderhook, New York
Died 24th July 1862, Kinderhook, New York

Presidential Term 4th March 1837 - 4th March 1841

Martin Van Buren was of Dutch descent but he was also the first President to have been born after the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, technically making him the first American to be the US President.

Van Buren rose to national prominence as a member of Andrew Jackson's Kitchen Cabinet, his personal cadre of advisors. The Whig Party were established in the US to oppose the Jackson administration and Van Buren beat the three candidates they put up nationwide in an attempt to reduce the Democrat vote.

His Presidency was largely uneventful but began with the Panic of 1837, an economic depression which ultimately led to the establishment of an independent Treasury. It also saw the second Seminole War and some more delicious ethnic cleansing of Native American tribes in the name of progress.

Van Buren also blocked the admission of Texas into the Union because their stance on slavery would have upset the balance established by the Missouri Compromise.

Van Buren served a single term as US President, unsuccessfully seeking re-election in both 1840 and 1844.

He was the second-shortest US President, standing 5 feet 6 inches. He is the only American President to have spoken English as a second language. His first language was Dutch.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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