James K. Polk

By | Nov 2, 2009

James K. Polk was born in North Carolina on November 2, 1795. He lived for most of his life and government service for Tennessee.

In 1845 he became the 11th President of the United States. As a former Speaker of the House, he is the only person to has held that slot as well as President.

He was the first to serve a single term and not run for reelection. 103 days after he left office he died at his new Nashville home on June 15, 1849.

Openings during his Presidency included U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian as well as the ground breaking for the Washington Monument.

Polk inherited a bad situation. After the election, but before he took office, Texas was made a state of the union. This didn’t sit well with Mexico since they still claimed ownership of Texas. Shortly after taking office the Mexican-American War began. Nearly two years later it was over with America’s victory.

He shares his day of birth with Warren G. Harding. Harding was born on November 2, 1865. November 2nd is the only day on which two Presidents were born.


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