Happy 229th Birthday, Martin Van Buren

van buren thumbnailNY Now's Matt Ryan has a good birthday remembrance of Martin Van Buren, the 8th POTUS and a native of Kinderhook. Today, December 5, is MVB's 229th birthday. Earlier on AOA: Six bits of trivia about the six presidents from New York State


The Van Buren family had the same last name as I do when they emigrated from Holland. They only took the Van Buren name when they got a land grant from Stephen Van Rensselaer.

I guess that means I'm distantly related to the 8th POTUS.

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