Today’s Birthday: Martin Van Buren

It's December 5, and Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States, was born on this date in 1782.  Before he won the election of 1836, Van Buren was governor of New York, but only briefly, holding the office for just more than two months before then-President Andrew Jackson appointed him Secretary of State.  Van Buren would go on to serve as Jackson's Vice-President during Jackson's second term before serving one presidential term of his own.  Besides being immortalized in the "Van Buren Boys" episode of Seinfeld, Martin Van Buren may be responsible for introducing a common phrase you probably say every day.  Van Buren was a native of Kinderhook, New York, and his nickname was Old Kinderhook.  Legend has it that, instead of signing his full name or even his full nickname to indicate his approval of a document, Van Buren would simply write "OK" and move on.  You can learn more about Martin Van Buren here and here, and if you're ready for a homeschool experience that's better than simply OK, we encourage you to enroll with us today!

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