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James K.Polk
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Did You Know?

• He was president during the Mexican-American War.
• He helped settle the Northwest boundary of the United States.
• He was president during the California gold rush.
• He was the first "dark horse" nominee of a party.

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Key Events in the Administration


James K. Polk
(November 2, 1795 - June 15, 1849)

Life Facts

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Personal:
• First Lady: Sarah Polk, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Sarah Childress
• Number of Children: None
• Education Level: College
• School Attended: University of North Carolina
• Religion: Presbyterian
• Profession: Military, Law Clerk, Lawyer
• Military Service: Colonel

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1845 - 3/3/1849
• Presidency Number: 11
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Left after 1st term
• Party: Democratic
• His Vice President(s): George Mifflin Dallas
• House of Representatives: Tennessee (1825-1839)
• Governor of a State: Tennessee (1839-1841)
• State Legislative Service: TN (1823-1825)
• Other Offices: Speaker of the House
 
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: James K. Polk Memorial
Gravesite: Tennessee State Capitol
Other Sites: Polk Ancestral Home

Reference Material

Bibliography
Inaugural Address
Related Links
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Watch American Presidents Programs from
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• Programming includes:

• James K. Polk Life Portrait: From Polk Ancestral Home - Columbia, TN
 Guests included: Bill Seale, author, The President’s House; John Holtzapple, director, James K. Polk Ancestral Home; and Tom Price, curator, James K. Polk Ancestral Home Watch | Order Videotape
    
• Carolyn Dilda on Polk's birthplace Watch
 
• John Holtzapple on Polk and religion Watch
 
• Robert Johannsen on Polk administration Watch

• 1996 Washington Journal with Marvin Kranz, Library of Congress, on Polk's papers and diary Watch

• Booknotes with Richard Shenkman, Presidential Ambition: How The Presidents Gained Power, Kept Power, and Got Things Done Watch  


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