Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)

 8th President • 1837-1841 

The only person apart from Thomas Jefferson to occupy all three great offices of the US state – Secretary of State, Vice-President and President – Martin Van Buren probably had more impact in the first two than in the third.

The main events of his presidency were the financial panic of 1837 and the economic crisis that followed it; his lacklustre response – he was more concerned to protect government deposits from unstable banks than to explore fiscal remedies or provide public relief measures – probably put paid to his chances of re-election. His opponents mocked him as “Martin Van Ruin”.

Van Buren’s presidency was also associated with the resettlement of large numbers of Native Americans – including the notorious “Trail of Tears” in which 15,000 Cherokees were forcibly removed from Georgia and around one in four died en route to their new homes in what is now Oklahoma. Such horrors did him little harm politically. The same could not be said of his decision to reject Texas‘s application for membership of the Union, for fear of provoking war with Mexico.

Another challenge Van Buren faced during his presidency was rising tension between the U.S. and British governments over a border dispute. Skirmishes along the Maine-New Brunswick border were bringing the two nations to the brink of war, but Van Buren sought to resolve the issue diplomatically, sending an envoy to negotiate a treaty with Great Britain. Though the negotiations were ultimately successful, those who had desired that the United States take a stronger stance in the matter counted this among Van Buren’s failings.

He was soundly defeated by William Henry Harrison in 1840.

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47 respuestas a Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)

  1. rexval dijo:

    American democracy: America is a paradise for the rich. God punishes the poor. The rich are those who go to heaven. God created the rich and the poor. God’s will can not be changed. God is the great universal banker.

    • feseto dijo:

      Thomas Jefferson even said a revolution needs to happen every 20 years to keep the greedy corrupt from staying at the top. He was a smart man!

    • Boya Sonora dijo:

      Rich doesn’t equal evil and poor doesn’t always equal a good person. It all depends how we treat others. Money is a tool on earth, not a currency that automatically opens the gates of heaven. Reincarnation doesn’t exist. God does. And the devil is not on his side.

    • Boya S dijo:

      Death of the body is not the same as death of the soul. Afterlife is here right now, we are just not able to see as long as we live in our body. Time is on our side until the last day. We are time, everthing else is timeless. I pray not to reincarnate, but hope to be on the side of another human being sentenced to life on earth. Money becomes priceless in the way we handle it.

      • feseto dijo:

        Death is a phenomenon that is of the deepest interest to every one of us, since the one thing which is absolutely certain in everyone’s life is that one day one must die.

      • I am not thinking about death. Better enjoy and spend time with the people we love while we can. Job 19.14 and Job 19.19 can hit us any of us at any time. The Bible is like the movies in a way. Safe in your home to enjoy and quote from. Until you live it. Ok.
        I’ll be back… maybe, but not in politics. Bye, bye!

      • feseto dijo:

        Live the life you want to live. Make decisions, make mistakes. If you fall, at least you fell because you tried. No regret, it’s life,,,

        You are always welcome!

      • rexval dijo:

        No everyone believe in soul. Many people believe only in earthly life, so there is no Heaven or Hell for them.

      • feseto dijo:

        “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” (Woody Allen)

      • rexval dijo:

        Good. He also said: “I prefer science to religion and air conditioning to God. (W. A.)

      • Is not an individual choice. I never applied to be born as far as my limited brain goes. Somehow I was here one day. That makes you think. I feel sorry for those without hope for Heaven. We are surrounded by hell every day here. Some of us are closer to the fire than others. Not all of us care about those in midst of hell. Thinking that they are in heavenly peace here on earth, and that a soul is optional.

  2. Boya Sonora dijo:

    ¿Me he hecho, pues, vuestro enemigo, diciéndoos la verdad? Gálatas 4:16

  3. Beso Sonora dijo:

    Martin van Buren; hijo de la chingada holandés

    • feseto dijo:

      El pueblo Cheroqui pagó con sangre la rápida expansión de los americanos hacia el oeste. Un episodio muy triste…

      • Beso Sonora dijo:

        Muy, muy triste…

      • rexval dijo:

        Els yankees assassinaren centenars de milers – com a mínim – de natius americans; els engabiaren en reserves i mai no van complir nu un sol tractat que dirmaren amb ells. Els Presidents made in USA van ser unas estafadors criminals. Després ompliren el país d’esclaus negres. I sempre fent-se propaganda “democràtica”. Es creuen el poble elegit per Déu i els gendarmes del món, especialment d’Amèrica Llatina a la que han invidar centenars de vegades o recolzant als feixistes locals. Jo seguisc sent anti-noramericà. Mon pare també ho era des que va vore com pactaven amb Franco.

      • feseto dijo:

        Els Estats Units tenien una missió divinament inspirada per a expandir-se, progressar i estendre la seva forma de democràcia i llibertat cap al wild west. Què no ho entens?

      • rexval dijo:

        Yes, killing indians. They thought that they wew the elected people elected by God. More o less like the Jews. They killed almost all Native Americans. It was a genocide.

      • rexval dijo:

        Això és el que diuen tots els que “s’expandeixen”. La pena és que s’expandeixen en territoris habitats que igual no volen aquesta expansió.

  4. BS dijo:

    Besos Sonoros Para Ti Señor feseto

  5. Boya S dijo:

    Martin van Buren has an unpleasant face. Probably feeling good in his well fed position as a white male. I don’t like the Dutch or Dutch export in many situations, viking cousins.

  6. Boya S dijo:

    😍😗😙😚😘 Gracias….

  7. Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother

    So they say.

    p.s Esther 2.0 send some kisses too, yeah not to me, but to you feseto. She updated that she looking for the sun rising in the North and never coming back to see me. You hear bad luck for me?! Am not bitter…

    • feseto dijo:

      Keep your friends close.
      Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you —better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.(Proverbs 27:10)

      We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason.

      Send my greetings to Esther.

      • Better a loved one nearby, or far away temporarely @HollandTraveler 101
        A good neighbor in Amsterdam or Holland is hitting the jackpot. Good relatives will want you in their house when disaster strikes. In some case studies I am familiar with you’re not welcome. Anyway. I was just browsing past, present and future on Google Streetview and thought to myself how accidents in fate became my future filled with hope every day and sometimes less hope.

        Esther, I don’t know where she is :((
        Thanks for your time Bro feseto.

      • feseto dijo:

        Karma has no menu. You get served what you deserve.

        All the best to you.

      • Served cold usually. Take care.

      • feseto dijo:

        A little girl seeks revenge. A real woman moves on while karma does her dirty work.

        Have a wonderful weekend!

      • I am not into revenge, is bad for my karma. Although people do take revenge toward me for example, but that doesn’t count as karma since I even open the door for flies to live life. I don’t want love ones to fall into bad karma either, and most of all am not a girl, not a little. Take care of the weekend, so long. Like your blog b.t.w.

      • feseto dijo:

        A smart woman knows how to love. A smarter one knows who to love.

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