James K. Polk

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James K. Polk

James K. Polk11th President

With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.

Polk was lucky enough to marry the love of his life, the well-educated Sarah Childress who was able to advise him in office since they had no children. His last words were "I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."

Polk promised he would complete his goals and only serve one term of president, which he did1. In 1846, he accomplished his first goal by restoring the Independent Treasury System2. Lowered tariffs, another goal of his, by passing the Walker Tariff Act3. Through careful negotiation, he was able to acquire the Oregon territory, which stretched to CA and north to the 49th parallel without going to war with Great Britain4. Was able to get California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming by winning the Mexican-American War, and thus Polk made the US a coat-to-coast country5. Iowa & Wisconsin also became US states6. Oversaw the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy, Smithsonian Institution and Department of Interior

Modern Day:-We are still country that runs from coast-to-coast, so Polk having acquired all of those territories is very significant- During President Polk's term, the Department of the Interior was established -He strengthened the power of the president/executive branch

First President to have a surving photograph of him taken whilst in office

History - Early Life-Polk was born in a log cabin in Mecklenburg, North Carolina-His family, which inlcuded 9 other siblings moved to Tenessee-Was sick often as a boy and thus homeschooled until 18

History - Life as a Young Adult-Very brilliant young man-Graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1818-Admitted to the Bar in 1820

History - Political Career Before Presidency-Elected to Tennessee House of Representatives in 1823-Elected to US House of Representatives in 1825-Speaker of the House from 1835 to 1839-Governor of TN 1839-1841

Young Hickory lived from November 2, 1795 to June 15,1849

Served as President from 1845-1849


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