He served one term, from 1837-1841. He was the shortest president at 5'6" tall, earning him the nickname "Little Magician."
He was also known as "Old Kinderhook." But when I was in elementary school, there were portraits of all the presidents on a main wall, and, due to his fashionable hairstyle, I nicknamed him "Cauliflower Head."
He was a founder of the Democratic party and presided over the nation's first economic depression in 1837.
He was defeated in 1840 by William Henry Harrison, but would run again as a "Free Soil" candidate in 1848, only to lose again.
He was the only president of Dutch anscestry, owned two tiger cubs as pets, and wore loaded pistols when he presided over the Senate during his vice presidency. He also never mentioned his wife in his autobiography.
Here's to President Martin Van Buren, in celebration of Presidents Week!