Martin Van Buren was the first president to have been born a United States citizen. All his predecessors were born before the Revolution, as British subjects. He was raised in a Dutch household and was the only president who did not speak English as his first language. He played a key role in organizing the Democratic Party and was a dominant figure in the Second Party System. Martin Van Buren was secretary of state and vice president under Andrew Jackson. He was opposed to the annexation of Texas. His administration was plagued by the Panic of 1837 and the depression that followed. He lost his bid for reelection when he ran on the single-issue Free Soil or (Anti-Slavery) Party.
The secretary of state was created as part of the president’s cabinet beginning with the administration of George Washington. Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisers, in the form of the attorney general, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, and secretary of war. Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers. Members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The secretary of state is regarded as the most senior position in the Cabinet and is fourth in the line of succession to the president.
This Martin Van Buren history mug is part of our Secretary of State series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of State.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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