On this date in 1829, Martin Van Buren took his post as the 10th Secretary of State, serving under Andrew Jackson. He would stay for two years. He resigned in May 1831 to help Jackson with an overall Cabinet shake-up. Jackson named Van Buren minister to Great Britain, but the Senate rejected the nomination. In 1832, Van Buren was elected Jackson's second Vice President (John C. Calhoun was dropped from the ticket), and in 1836, Van Buren won his own term as President.
Henry L. Stimson is the only person to serve as a Cabinet Secretary under four different Presidents. Born in 1867, William Taft appointed Stimson the 45th Secretary of War in 1911. On this date in 1929, Herbert Hoover appointed him the 46th Secretary of State. In 1940, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Stimson the 54th Secretary of War, and he stayed on for the first five months of Harry Truman's term. Stimson died in 1950.
On this date in 1863, Nathaniel Fillmore Jr., died. Born on April 19, 1771, his son Millard was elected Vice President in 1848, and became President upon Zachary Taylor's death in 1850. Nathaniel was the first man to visit his President-son in the White House. Nathaniel's death, at the age of 91 years 343 days, makes him the longest-lived Presidential father, and the fourth longest-lived Presidential parent.
On this date in 1969, 34th President Dwight David Eisenhower died at the age of 78. Born David Dwight, he reversed his first and second names to avoid confusion at home (his father's name was David). Eisenhower graduated from the US military academy at West Point in 1915 (he would later become the second West Point graduate, after Ulysses Grant, to be elected President), and rose to the rank of five-star general. He served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, was President of Columbia University from 1948 to 1950, and then became the first supreme commander of NATO. In 1952, he became the fourth person elected President after never having held elective office.