He grew up with 9 siblings, and was the oldest of the 10. Since his father had many acres of land and about 50 slaves, James had a childhood with a good amount of money. His mother gave them a strict childhood where they followed the 'gospel of duty'.
He went to the University of North Carolina and passed with honors. After that he became a lawyer and made his own law practice. During his childhood, he did not have a formal education, but still studied because of his body defects.
Before he was President, he became a lawyer. He also created his own law practice.
In 1844 he was Democrat. He believed that the separation of the money of the government from banking institutions, is indispensable for the safety of the funds of the government, and the rights of the people. And that congress has no power to charter a national bank.