Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
  • Born: December 5, 1782
  • Died: July 24, 1862
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the ninth governor of New York, the tenth U.S. secretary of state, and the eighth vice president of the United States. He won the 1836 presidential election with the endorsement of popular outgoing President Andrew Jackson and the organizational strength of the Democratic Party. He lost his 1840 reelection bid to Whig Party nominee William Henry Harrison, due in part to the poor economic conditions of the Panic of 1837. Later in his life, Van Buren emerged as an elder statesman and important anti-slavery leader, who led the Free Soil Party ticket in the 1848 presidential election.

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… a treasonable attempt to overthrow the Federal Government by military force. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All communities are apt to look to government for too much ... especially at periods of sudden embarrassment and distress. This ought not to be. Miscellaneous
All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess History
Americans feel horror … at the extravagant charges strikingly similar to those which less enlightened ages were made pretexts for the persecution and spoliation of these unfortunate people…. In America we place upon an equal footing the worshipers of God of every faith and form…. I speak on behalf of an oppressed and persecuted race, among whose kindred are found some of the most worthy and patriotic American citizens. Discrimination & Prejudice
I must go into the Presidential chair the inflexible and uncompromising opponent of every attempt on the part of Congress to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia against the wishes of the slaveholding States, and also with a determination equally decided to resist the slightest interference with it in the States where it exists Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor. Trust ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
In justly balancing the powers of the Federal and State authorities difficulties nearly insurmountable arose at the outset and subsequent collisions were deemed inevitable. Amid these it was scarcely believed possible that a scheme of government so complex in construction could remain uninjured. From time to time embarrassments have certainly occurred; but how just is the confidence of future safety imparted by the knowledge that each in succession has been happily removed! Overlooking partial and temporary evils as inseparable from the practical operation of all human institutions, and looking only to the general result, every patriot has reason to be satisfied. Intergovernmental Relations
The Government, while it most sedulously and rigorously guards against the further introduction of slave, protects at the same time, by remarkable laws, the rights of the owners of that species of property in the States where it exist, and permits it transfer from one of these States to another Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant. Public Opinion & Polling
As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it. Life
Banks properly established and conducted are highly useful to the business of the country, and will doubtless continue to exist in the States so long as they conform to their laws and are found to be safe and beneficial. Business, Commerce & Finance
Between Russia and the United States sentiments of good will continue to be mutually cherished.
Every proper exertion has been made and will be continued to carry out the wishes of Congress in relation to the tobacco trade, as indicated in the several resolutions of the House of Representatives and the legislation of the two branches.
For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it.
If laws acting upon private interests can not always be avoided, they should be confined within the narrowest limits, and left wherever possible to the legislatures of the States.
In a government whose distinguishing characteristic should be a diffusion and equalization of its benefits and burdens the advantage of individuals will be augmented at the expense of the community at large. Government
It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi.
It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
Mutual forbearance and reciprocal concessions: thro' their agency the Union was established - the patriotic spirit from which they emanated will forever sustain it.
My conviction of the necessity of further legislative provisions for the safe-keeping and disbursement of the public moneys and my opinion in regard to the measures best adapted to the accomplishment of those objects have been already submitted to you.
No evil can result from its inhibition more pernicious than its toleration.
On receiving from the people the sacred trust twice confided on my illustrious predecessor, and which he has discharged so faithfully and so well, I know that I can not expect to perform the arduous task with equal ability and success. Trust ;Success
Our country presents on every side the evidences of that continued favor under whose auspices it, has gradually risen from a few feeble and dependent colonies to a prosperous and powerful confederacy.
The case of the Seminoles constitutes at present the only exception to the successful efforts of the Government to remove the Indians to the homes assigned them west of the Mississippi. Government
The condition of the tribes which occupy the country set apart for them in the West is highly prosperous, and encourages the hope of their early civilization. They have for the most part abandoned the hunter state and turned their attention to agricultural pursuits. Hope
The connection which formerly existed between the Government and banks was in reality injurious to both, as well as to the general interests of the community at large. Government
The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought. Government
The law increasing and organizing the military establishment of the United States has been nearly carried into effect, and the Army has been extensively and usefully employed during the past season.
The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity. Government
The people under our system, like the king in a monarchy, never dies.
The United States have fulfilled in good faith all their treaty stipulations with the Indian tribes, and have in every other instance insisted upon a like performance of their obligations. Religion & God
There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens. Power ;Religion & God
Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude. The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results, the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe.
We remain at peace with all nations, and no efforts on my part consistent with the preservation of our rights and the honor of the country shall be spared to maintain a position so consonant to our institutions. War & Peace
With European powers no new subjects of difficulty have arisen, and those which were under discussion, although not terminated, do not present a more unfavorable aspect for the future preservation of that good understanding which it has ever been our desire to cultivate. Future
With respect to the northeastern boundary of the United States, no official correspondence between this Government and that of Great Britain has passed since that communicated to Congress toward the close of their last session. Respect ;Government