Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1795-11-02
Death 1849-06-15
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

James K. Polk was president of the United States from 1845 to 1849.

Biographical Note

  • 1795, Nov. 2: Born, Mecklenburg County, N.C.
  • 1806: Family moved to what is now Maury County, Tenn.
  • 1818: Graduated, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • 1819 - 1823 : Chief clerk, Tennessee senate
  • 1820: Began practicing law, Columbia, Tenn.
  • 1824: Married Sarah Childress (died 1891)
  • 1825 - 1839 : Representative, sixth district of Tennessee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1835 - 1839 : Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1839 - 1841 : Governor of Tennessee
  • 1845 - 1849 : President of the United States
  • 1849, June 15: Died, Nashville, Tenn.

From the guide to the James K. Polk Papers, 1775-1891, (bulk 1830-1849), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Epithet: US President

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001137.0x0000d6

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Subjects:

  • Public works--United States--19th century
  • Political parties
  • Press and politics--History--19th century--Sources
  • President--Archives
  • presidents
  • President--Biography
  • Presidents--Election--1836--Sources
  • Slavery--United States
  • Nullification (States' rights)
  • Broadsides
  • Concentration camp inmates
  • President's spouses--Correspondence
  • Presidents--Election--1844
  • Tariff--United States
  • Public works--19th century
  • Brick trade--Florida--Pensacola
  • Oregon question
  • Plantations
  • Presidents--Election--1840
  • Elections--19th century
  • Patronage, Political--United States
  • Newspapers
  • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps
  • Recommendations For Positions
  • Tariff
  • Elections
  • Patronage, Political
  • Slavery
  • Plantations--Tennessee
  • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Photographs
  • Elections--United States--19th century
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848

Occupations:

  • Historians--Florida
  • Governors--Tennessee
  • Speakers of the House, U.S. Congress
  • Cabinet officers--United States
  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Tennessee
  • Presidents
  • Legislators--United States
  • Politicians
  • Presidents--United States

Places:

  • United States, 00, US
  • Tennessee, TN, US
  • Nashville, TN, US
  • Washington, D. C., DC, US
  • Pineville, NC, US
  • New Mexico, NM, US