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04/03/1837 Presidency of Martin Van Buren begins

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Martin Van Buren | 60-Second Presidents | PBS

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Martin Van Buren | Presidential Minute

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Five Fascinating Facts about President Martin Van Buren

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Presidents in Our Backyard -- Martin Van Buren

Van Buren, the incumbent Vice President and chosen successor of President Andrew Jackson, took office as the eighth United States president after winning the presidential election. A Democrat, he garnered 170 electoral votes to 124 for William Henry Harrison and 3 other Whig Party candidates.
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