James K Polk Facts - 11th President of USA

The eleventh President of the United States of America James k Polk Facts and Biography. James K Polk was the 11th President of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He was born on November 2nd, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and passed away on June 15th, 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

James K Polk Facts

During his presidency he accomplished many great feats such as negotiating with Britain to settle a dispute over the Oregon Territory and expanding the United States by adding Texas and the Southwest. He also helped reduce tariffs and lower taxes which allowed for more economic growth. Despite all of his accomplishments he is often overlooked as one of America's greatest presidents.

He is considered one of the most influential presidents in American history, having achieved major accomplishments such as expanding the country's territory and strengthening its economy. 

He was a strong advocate for Manifest Destiny, which sought to expand U.S. borders to the Pacific Ocean, and he successfully negotiated with Britain to acquire what is now known as Oregon Territory. Also, he oversaw the Mexican-American War, which resulted in a large amount of land being annexed by the United States from Mexico.

NICKNAME - Young Hickory.

BIRTH - James Knox Polk was born on November 2, 1795, in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

MOTHER - Jane Knox Polk.

FATHER - Samuel Polk.

SISTERS - Jane Maria, Lydia Aliza, Naomi Tate, and Opelia Clarissa.

BROTHERS - Franklin Ezekiel, Marshal Tate, John Lee, William Hawkins and Samuel Wilson

About James K Polk

MARRIAGE - Sarah Childress on January 1, 1824, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


HOME - Polk House, Columbia, Tenn.

  1. Private school
  2. Received a B.A from the University of North Carolina
RELIGION - Presbyterian.

  1. Commissioned as Captain of the militia cavalry regiment (1821)
  2. Was later promoted to Colonel
  1. Tennessee House of Representatives (1823-1825)
  2. US Representative (1825-1839)
  3. Speaker of the House
  4. (1835-1839)
  5. Governor of Tennessee (1839-1841)US President one term

  1. March 4, 1845, at the age of 49
  2. James Knox Polk - Inaugural Address

James Polk Administration

PRESIDENCY - One term (March 4, 1845-March 4, 1849).

VICE PRESIDENT - George M. Dallas (1845-1849). 

FIRST LADY - Sarah Polk (1845-1849)

  1. Levi Woodbury (1845)
  2. Robert C. Grier (1846)
  1. Texas (1845)
  2. Iowa (1846)
  3. Wisconsin (1848)

James Polk Cabinet

SECRETARY OF STATE - James Buchanan (1845-1849).

SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY - Robert J. Walker (1845-1959).

SECRETARY OF WAR - William L. March.

  1. John Y. Mason (1845-1846)
  2. Nathan Clifford (1845-1846
  3. Isaac Toucey (1848-1849)

POSTMASTER GENERAL - Cabe Johnson (1845-1849)

  1. George Bancroft (1845-1846)
  2. John Y. Mason (1846-1849)
POST PRESIDENCY LIFE - Retired do to poor health

DEATH - June 15, 1849, in Nashville, Tenn. at the age of 53

BURIAL PLACE - State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tenn.

  1. Pineville, N.C. (reconstructed birthplace)
  2. State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tenn. (grave)

During his time in office, he oversaw the acquisition of vast amounts of territory through negotiation and war. He also helped to lower tariffs and strengthen the treasury. In addition to being a successful president, Polk was also a successful lawyer before entering politics. He is remembered for his strong leadership during some of America's most difficult times.

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