The Forgotten PresidentsThe presidents between Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln are called the Forgotten Presidents. Most of them made no impact that we have today or just weren't in office long enough to do anything.
My name is Zach I am studying Presidents van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, and Taylor for my S.S. project. All these presidents served 1 term (or less) in office.


President #8: Martin van Buren
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Martin van Buren was born in New York on December 5, 1782. He was the first non-British president, being that all presidents before him were originally British colonists. He is also the only president not have English as their first language. Buren was in office from March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841. Martin van Buren is best known for one thing: overseeing the Trail of Tears. This was when Native Americans in the Southeast of the country were forced to move off their lands and into Oklahoma Territory. This was done to make more room for white settlers. Thousands were forced to move and thousands died on the trek. The Native American nation of the Seminoles resisted to move. This caused many wars and Buren was in office while the Second Seminole War was taking place.




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President #9: William Henry Harrison
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William Henry Harrison was born February 9, 1773. He was the oldest elected president, at 68 years old, until Ronald Reagan. Harrison had a very short term in office, only 32 days. He had the shortest term of the presidents so far. Harrison didn't do anything during his term, but did a lot before that. In the War of 1812, Native Americans in the Northwest retaliated against U.S. expansion. In the Battle of the Thames, Harrison defeated the British and Native Americans in a battle that killed popular Native American leader Tecumseh. Harrison's term ended because of illness. He died of pneumonia and because his doctors "cures" made him worse.


President #10: John Tyler
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John Tyler was born on March 29, 1790. He is the first president to get that role because of the death of the president before him, William Henry Harrison. After Harrison died, many people wondered if Tyler was president or if elections needed to be held. Tyler took the oath of office without argument and became president. This precedent was later stated in the 25th Amendment. He was part of the Whig party, but was expelled from it and called His Accidency because he vetoed many of their proposals. John Tyler did not do anything important during his presidency besides annoy people in all political parties. Today he is an obscure president and has little presence in American culture.


President #11: James K. Polk
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This is a video about the Mexican War and what happened during it.

James K. Polk was born on November 2, 1795, one of ten children. He is considered the only strong president from Andrew Jackson to Abraham Lincoln. When he came into office, he had 2 main goals: acquire all of the Oregon Country, and get California and New Mexico from Mexico. Polk put a lot of pressure on Britain about the Oregon Country, but eventually ended up splitting ownership. This made many people happy because they could now move farther West. One big problem that Polk faced was what to do with Texas. The U.S. wanted to annex it, but Mexico said they can't because it is their land. When the U.S. did annex Texas, war started. Polk led the nation through the war and in the end he won, giving the U.S. most of its current Southwest through the Mexican Cession and Gadsden Purchase. Polk promised to only serve one term and died 3 months after it ended. He was the last strong pre-Civil War president and is considered a great but forgotten president.




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President #12: Zachary Taylor
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Zachary Taylor was born November 24, 1784. He did nothing notable during his term. Maybe he would have if he hadn't died. Taylor acquired most of his fame during the Mexican American War. He fought and won the Battle of Palo Alto. He had a 40 year military career and was called "Old Rough and Ready." There are many theories to why he died, but none have been confirmed. Taylor is one of the most forgotten presidents.

Name
President #
Years Served
Born
Martin Van Buren
8
1837-1841
1782
William Henry Harrison
9
1841
1773
John Tyler
10
1841-1845
1790
James K. Polk
11
1845-1849
1795
Zachary Taylor
12
1849-1850
1784