Martin Van Buren: The Greatest American President
By Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
This article appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of The Independent Review

Historians seldom give the eighth president of the United States the recognition he deserves. Van Buren’s avoidance of foreign wars, successful fight to reduce central authority, unsurpassed ideological clarity and enduring positive influence on the Democratic Party make him arguably the president most responsible for the freedoms enjoyed by the American people.

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