James K. Polk 11th president

Polk was born on November 2, 1795. He was part of the Democrat party. His years of presidency were from 1845-1849. He was born in Mecklenburg North Carolina.

Background- Graduated in 1818 from the university of North Carolina and was married to Sarah Childress, He died on June 15, 1849. Before his presidency, Polk served in the Tennessee legislature and the U.S. Congress in 1839 he became governor of Tennessee. Polk was schooled at home. At the age of 20 he continued his education at the university of North Carolina.

Presidency- Polk won the 1844 presidential election as the dark horse candidate. Polk was the last strong president until the Civil war. Polk also led the nation into the Mexican-American War (1846-48) in which the U.S acquired California and much of the present-day Southwest.

Interesting facts- Polk was often referred to as the first "dark horse" president. He had no family life as President other than his wife Sarah.

Quotes- "No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure."


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