Here are the 6 New Yorkers who became president

Donald Trump was born and raised in New York City, and Hillary Clinton served as New York Senator from 2001-2009, but did you know that there were six U.S. presidents who had ties to the Empire State?

Here are a few things you may not have known about the six New Yorkers who went on to become president:

1) Martin Van Buren, 8th President, (1837-1841) - Kinderhook, New York



- Martin Van Buren's nickname was 'Old Kinderhook'. At a re-election campaign rallies in 1840, supporters shortened the nickname to 'OK'

- Became involved in New York politics as a young lawyer
- In 1807, Van Buren married his cousin, Hannah Hoes. They had four children together, and two of them served in his Cabinet
- When Van Buren was finishing his second term in the New York Senate, his wife died, leaving him to look after their four children

2) Millard Fillmore, 13th President, 1850-1853 - Summerhill, New York


- Was born into extreme poverty in a log cabin in Locke Township, New York
- Attended New Hope Academy, where he met his future wife, Abigail, who was teaching the class. The two then married in 1826
- Admitted to the New York bar in 1823
- In 1847, was elected to the position of New York comptroller
- Returned to Buffalo after his presidency, where he died from a stroke

3) Chester Arthur, 21st President, 1881-1885 - Born in Fairfield, Vermont, grew up in Upstate New York


- Was the son of a Baptist preacher who emigrated from Northern Ireland
- Attended school in Union Village, New York and later enrolled in Union College in Schenectady

- Admitted to the bar and practiced law in New York City
- Succeeded President James Garfield upon his assassination
- Kept it a secret that he was suffering from fatal kidney disease for several years. After his presidency, when his health declined, he ordered that all of his papers (professional and personal) be burned

4) Grover Cleveland - 22nd and 24th President (1885-1889, 1893-1897) - Born in Caldwell, New Jersey, raised in Upstate New York


- Passed the bar exam in 1858 without studying
- Earned the nickname 'guardian president' for his record-breaking use of veto power
- Was uncomfortable in the White House as a bachelor, and married the daughter of his deceased Buffalo law partner, making her the youngest First Lady at 21. Their wedding was the first (and only) White House wedding
- Presided over the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in his first presidential term
- Unusual fact: A 'secret tumor' from the roof of Cleveland's mouth resides at a museum in Philadelphia

5) Teddy Roosevelt - 26th President (1901-1909) - New York, New York


- Was homeschooled in his family's brownstone, due to problems with asthma and other illnesses

- Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, then enrolled at Columbia Law School
- Was the Governor of New York, then became Vice President
- Was the youngest man to become president after President McKinley was assassinated in 1901
- First president to travel outside the United States on business. Went to Panama in November 1906
- Was shot in the chest in an assassination attempt while delivering a speech on a campaign trail in Milwaukee, but continued his speech for the next 90 minutes

6) Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd President (1933-1945) - Hyde Park, New York

- Was educated by tutors and governesses until he was 14 years old, then eventually went on to Harvard University, where he got engaged to his fifth cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt
- Was diagnosed with polio in 1921
- Was elected the governor of New York in 1928, and served until he was elected president in 1932
- Was the only president to be elected four times
- First president whose mother was able to vote for him as president

(Sources: biography.com, whitehouse.gov)
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