A letter to the Honorable John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy, Washington City, postmarked Henderson, N.C., April 19 (1847), from Colonel John Davis Hawkins (my great-grandfather, Wm. J. Andrews) concerning President James Knox Polk's visit to Chapel Hill, N.C. (the University of North Carolina, wh
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U.S. minister to France. From the description of Letterbooks : of John Y. Mason, 1853 November 4-1859 September 17. (Virginia Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 29553098 John Young Mason, from Greensville County, Va., graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1816. He 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, M...
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...