[Letter] 17 April 1847, Henderson, Granville County [N.C., to] John Y. Mason, Washington City / Jno. D. Hawkins. 1847.
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James Knox Polk followed a career path which was blazed by Andrew Jackson. Both men hailed from southwestern North Carolina. Both migrated to Tennessee, where they practiced law and entered politics, and both were elected president of the United States. As similar as their paths were, James Polk was a different personality from his fiery predecessor. His life and career were marked by a relentless pursuit of his goals instead of the dramatic aura that perpetually surrounded Jackson. The effect...
John Young Mason, from Greensville County, Va., was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 1831-1837; served as secretary of the Navy, 1844-1845 and 1846-1849; was attorney general of the United States, March 1845-September 1846; and served as United States minister plenipotentiary to France, 1854-1859. From the guide to the John Y. Mason Papers, 1843-1898, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection...