11. James K. Polk

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“Young Hickory”

  • Full Name: James Knox Polk
  • Years in Office: 1845–1849
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Nicknames: “Young Hickory,” “Napoleon of the Stump”
  • Age at Inauguration: 49
  • Vice President: George M. Dallas
  • Birth: November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • Death: June 15, 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Place of Burial: State Capitol Grounds – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Height: 5’8”
  • Ancestry: Scotch-Irish
  • Father: Samuel Polk (1772–1827); Farmer
  • Mother: Jane Knox Polk (1776–1852)
  • Wife: Sarah Childress (September 4, 1803 – August 14, 1891)
  • Marriage: January 1, 1824 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Children: None
  • Home: Polk House – Columbia, Tennessee
  • Education: Private school; B.A. from the University of North Carolina (1818); studied law
  • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
  • Military Service: No
  • Career:
    • Lawyer (1820–)
    • Member of the Tennessee Legislature (1823–1825)
    • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1825–1839)
    • Speaker of the House (1835–1839)
    • Governor of Tennessee (1839–1841)
    • President (1845–1849)
  • Writings: The Diary of James K. Polk; Correspondence of James K. Polk

Campaign Poster

James K. Polk, The Peoples Candidate for President, hand-colored lithograph by N. Currier, c.1844 LOC

 

James K. Polk: The Peoples Candidate for President, hand-colored lithograph by N. Currier, c. 1844

(Library of Congress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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