President James K. Polk

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James K. Polk was the United States of America’s eleventh president.

President James K. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on November 2, 1795 and grew up to become America’s eleventh president.

He was a plantation owner and lawyer before he became President of the United States at age 49. His place of primary affiliation was Tennessee.

James K. Polk became president on March 4, 1845 and left the office on March 4, 1849. President James K. Polk was a member of the Democratic Party and his vice president was George M. Dallas.

James K. Polk's nicknames include Polk the Purposeful, Napoleon of the Stump, and Young Hickory.

James Knox Polk may be the least known of America's presidents. He was the least memorable president before the Civil War. He sat for several periods in the House of Representatives for Tennessee, and was also the state’s governor. Polk promised to just sit in a single presidential term, and he kept that promise. He expanded the United States to include Texas and Oregon. When Mexico opposed the Texas annexation, he went to war and the U.S. expanded further to the southwest.

Three months after his retirement, he died of cholera. James K. Polk was 53 years old when he died on June 15, 1849.





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