Definition of Martin Van Buren from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Martin Van Buren

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(1782-1862) the eighth US President (1837-41). His popular name was the 'Little Magician' because of his political skills. He was a lawyer and a Democrat who first served under Andrew Jackson as Secretary of State (1829-31) and Vice-President (1832-6). He is remembered especially for establishing the Independent Treasury System to deal with the country's financial difficulties.