Ten fun facts about James K. Polk

Fact 1
James Polk was born in 1795 in North Carolina.

Fact 2
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.

Fact 3
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.

Fact 4
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.

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Short about James K. Polk
Served as the 11th US president from 1845 to 1849.

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