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Martin van Buren

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Definition: Eighth president of the United States (1837-1841). Van Buren served in the Senate and as governor of New York. He later became Secretary of State and then Vice-president under President Andrew Jackson. As president, Van Buren often walked a thin line. He supported states' rights but didn't want slavery to expand into new states or territories. He didn't favor the annexation of Texas but fought a war (the Seminole War) to try to bring Florida into the Union. Van Buren's downfall was the Panic of 1837, the country's first Depression. Even though banks were failing, he refused to have the federal government get involved. Many people lost lots of money, and van Buren was not re-elected.

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