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Today in history: December 5
In 1782, President Martin Van Buren was born
Was he born with this incredible hair-sideburn combo? Let's hope so.
Was he born with this incredible hair-sideburn combo? Let's hope so. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

December 5, 1782: Martin Van Buren was born. He was the 8th president, serving between 1837 and 1841. Van Buren was the first president to be born an American citizen. All previous presidents were born British subjects; he's also the only president not to have spoken English as a first language. Van Buren is one of only two people who served as secretary of State, vice president, and president. The other: Thomas Jefferson. There is some debate as to whether Van Buren’s nickname — "Old Kinderhook" — spurred use of the phrase "OK" in the U.S.

Quote of the Day

"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." — Martin Van Buren


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