Martin Van Buren
President of the United States
The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces....
(1837–1841). Before his presidency, he was the eighth Vice President
Vice President of the United States
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(1833–1837) and the tenth Secretary of State
United States Secretary of State
The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and the highest-ranking cabinet secretary both in line of succession and order of precedence...
, under Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States . Based in frontier Tennessee, Jackson was a politician and army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend , and the British at the Battle of New Orleans...
He was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System
Second Party System
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, and the first president not of British or Irish descent—his family was Dutch.
All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.