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Kinderhook in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Birthsite

 
 
Birthsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
1. Birthsite Marker
Inscription.
Martin Van Buren, eighth
President of the United
States, was born at this
site December 5, 1782.

 
Erected by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 23.507′ N, 73° 41.659′ W. Marker is in Kinderhook, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Hudson Street (County Route 21) and Jarvis Lane, on the right when traveling east on Hudson Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kinderhook NY 12106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kinderhook World War I Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Clark (approx. 0.3 miles away); Martin Van Buren (approx. 0.3 miles away); House of History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gen. John Burgoyne (approx. 0.4 miles away); Post Road - 1772 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benedict Arnold House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kinderhook.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Martin Van Buren. (Submitted on November 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Marker in Kinderhook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
2. Marker in Kinderhook
Being born here in 1782, Martin Van Buren was the first President to be born in the United States. His seven predecessors were born British Subjects.
MVB Birthsite image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
3. MVB Birthsite
Grave of Martin Van Buren image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
4. Grave of Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren is buried about a mile west of the marker, in the Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Cemetery.
Martin Van Buren image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
5. Martin Van Buren
This 1864 portrait of Martin Van Buren by Georege P. A. Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, on loan from the White House.

“Martin Van Buren's genius as a backroom strategist earned him the nickname of ‘Little Magician.’ But when he succeeded to the White House following his tenure as Andrew Jackson's vice president, the gift for orchestration that he had enlisted to promote Jackson's cause proved of little use in advancing his own. At the heart of the problem was an economic depression that persisted through most of his term and for which he was blamed. Damaging him further was a taste for the finer things of life, which led critics to portray him as indifferent to the country's suffering. Van Buren's reputation has improved, however, and today he is often lauded for his evenhanded foreign policy and landmark support for limiting the hours of workers on public projects.

This was one of the first likenesses that the White House acquired under an 1857 congressional act authorizing the purchase of presidential portraits. The artist named to do the work in the legislation was George P. A. Healy, one of mid-nineteenth­ century America's most popular portraitists.
Statue of Martin Van Buren image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
6. Statue of Martin Van Buren
This statue of Martin Van Buren sits in the center of Kinderhook, about ¼ mile away from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 701 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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