Which U.S. president spoke English as his second language?
MARTIN VAN BUREN
Unlike the seven men who preceded him in the White House, Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born a citizen of the United States and not a British subject. He was born in a Dutch dominated village of Kinderhook in New York State. He was raised speaking Dutch and learned English at school, making him the only U.S. president who spoke English as a second language. Standing just 5 feet 6 inches tall, the “Little Magician” was elected Vice President on the Jacksonian ticket in 1832, and won the Presidency in 1836.
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