Ten fun facts about James K. Polk
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James Polk was born in 1795 in North Carolina.
He was a sickly youth and did not begin his formal education until 1813. Polk entered the University of North Caroline in 1816 and graduated with honors in 1818.
In 1825 Polk was elected to the U.S House of Representatives, where he became a staunch supporter of Andrew Jackson, who was seeking the presidency.
He remained the Speaker of the House from 1835 to 1839 when he became governor of Tennessee.Fact 5
In 1844 James Polk won the presidential election as the dark horse candidate.Fact 6
As the president, he reduced tariffs, reformed the national banking system and settled a boundary dispute with the British that secured the Oregon Territory for the United States.Fact 7
James Polk’s presidency was considered one of the most successful in history among “forgotten” presidents. He is considered as the ‘best one-term president’.Fact 8
He was very involved in the Mexican War which lasted from 1846 to 1848. He granted statehood to Texas when he became president.Fact 9
James Polk kept his campaign promise and did not seek reelection. Polk was nicknamed “Young Hickory” as a supporter of fellow Tennessean Andrew Jackson who was nicknamed “Old Hickory.”Fact 10
He died of cholera at the age of 53 three months after leaving office. Go to more people facts ❯
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