President James Knox Polk
|Birth||2 NOV 1795|
Polk established a law practice in Columbia, Tennessee.
|Occup||1835-1839||USA Speaker of the House|
|Election||1844||USA Presidential Election|
|Reside||4 MAR 1845|
|Death||15 JUN 1849|
He was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, on November 2, 1795. When young, the family moved westward into Tennessee. The family followed the Presbyterian faith, but young Polk was not baptized as a baby because of his father's unwillingness to make a "confession of faith."
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he found a rigorous Presbyterian indoctrination.
He studied law and entered politics. He became a U.S. Representative in 1825, and later served as Speaker of the House. Somewhat later, he became the Governor of Tennessee. He was a friend of Andrew Jackson.
Polk became a "dark horse" candidate for President as a Democrat in 1344, and was elected on the slogan, "Fifty-four... Read More