James Knox Polk
11th President of the United States
(March 4, 1845 to March
Nickname: "Young Hickory"
Born: November 2, 1795, in Mecklenburg County, North
Died: June 15, 1849, in Nashville, Tennessee
Father: Samuel Polk
Mother: Jane Knox Polk
Childress (1803-1891), on January 1, 1824
Education: Graduated from the University of North Carolina
Political Party: Democratic
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $25,000/year
- Member of Tennessee House of Representatives, 1823-25
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1825-39
- Speaker of the House, 1835-39
- Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41
Presidential Election Results:
Vice President: George
M. Dallas (1845-1849)
||James K. Polk|
- Secretary of State
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Robert J. Walker (1845-1849)
- Secretary of War
L. Marcy (1845-1849)
- Attorney General
Y. Mason (1845-46)
- Nathan Clifford (1846-48)
- Isaac Toucey (1848-49)
- Postmaster General
- Cave Johnson (1845-1849)
- Secretary of the Navy
- George Bancroft (1845-46)
Y. Mason (1846-49)
Notable Events:Compiled by the White House.
-- from The
Grolier Online has created this
resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana.
Contains a full biography, written by Charles Sellers of the University of
California, along with suggestions for further reading.
Polk -- from The
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early
life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other
websites, and lesson plans.
Knox Polk -- from DiscoverySchool.com
Complete biography powered by World Book Online.
200 Candles and a
Postage Stamp -- by Jenny Nash
Article celebrating the 200th birthday of Polk and the U.S. stamp
commemorating that event. Composed from quotes by Dr. Wayne Cutler, head of
the Polk Presidential Papers Project at the University of Tennessee --
Knoxville, this article gives a unique perspective into the life of James Polk
and his family.
Knox Polk -- from People
in THE WEST
Based on the documentary THE WEST by Ken Burns and Stephen Ives, this
biographical sketch focuses on Polk's role in expanding the U.S. borders
James Knox Polk -- from the
Hall of Forgotten Presidents
A case for considering Polk as one of the "near-great" presidents.
Honors James K. Polk on 200th Birthday -- from the United
States Postal Service
Press release on the James K. Polk stamp. Includes a biography with a useful
list of accomplishments located at the end of the release.
K. Polk -- from the North
A very text-rich biography on this North Carolina native.
- A large crack in the Liberty Bell too large to permit the bell to be rung
- Dispute with Britain over the Oregon Territory settled. Both nations get a
part of the territory.
- Treay of 1848 with Mexico gave the U.S. control over California, New
Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and parts of Colorado and Wyoming.
- Gold discovered in California in December.
K. Polk -- from The
Presidents of the United States of America
Other Internet Resources:
Points of Interest:
- A week before he died, Polk was baptized a Methodist.
- Gaslights were installed in the White House while Polk was a resident.
- Polk survived a gallstone operation at age 17 without anethesia or
antiseptics. Those medical practices were not used at the time.
- The first annual White House Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by Sarah Polk.
- Sarah Polk was a devout Presbyterian. She banned dancing, card-playing and
alcoholic beverages in the White House.
- News of Polk's nomination was widely disseminated using the telegraph. The
first time his had been done.