The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president’s term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of Martin Van Buren beginning with his childhood in Kinderhook, New York. Information about Van Buren’s early career as a lawyer is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life, as well as his retirement years at Lindenwald is highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Van Buren’s political career as a New York state senator, member of the Albany Regency, U.S. senator, where he served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, governor of New York, and secretary of state and member of the Kitchen Cabinet under President Andrew Jackson. Finally, students will explore key events from Democratic president Van Buren’s administration, including the Trail of Tears, the Second Seminole War, and passage of the Independent Treasury Act. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students’ fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.