Before being elected as the President,Martin Van Buren held the responsible position of US Vice President from 1833 to 1837. Besides being the eighth Vice President, he was also the 10th Secretary of State under the then President Andrew Jackson. Martin Van Buren played a successful role as a diplomat. When he was a member of the State Senate, he supported the War of 1812. He had a conflict with DeWitt Clinton that led to a break up in 1813. He also tried to oppose the plan of Clinton to construct the Erie Canal in 1817. Though Martin opposed Clinton's plan, he supported a bill to raise money for the canal through state bonds. And, when finally the Erie Canal with a 96 mile stretch opened, Martin Van Buren tried to win the political mileage.
The supporters of Martin were always by his side who assured money for the canal. The supporters ultimately run Clinton out from the governor's office. Martin was the 11th Governor of New York for a brief period in 1829.
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