Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the eighth President of the United States (1837–1841). Before his presidency, he was the eighth Vice President (1833–1837) and the tenth Secretary of State, under Andrew Jackson (1829–1831). Van Buren was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System, and the first president not of British or Irish descent—his family was Dutch. He was the first president to be born a US citizen.
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US started 1789 with a debt of $75M, a ratio of debt to GDP of 31% (as against today's ratio of 52%). The Govt paid off the debt until 1835 when President Jackson reported to Congress that "all that remains of the public debt has been redeemed," and then revealed that the Treasury actually had a surplus of $19M.
George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731] December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation and remains the supreme law of the land.
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Mark Twain was born on the day of the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835, and died on the day of its next appearance in 1910. He himself predicted this in 1909, when he said: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it."