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James K. Polk  

“Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against oppression.”

Born in North Carolina and raised in Tennessee, James K. Polk was the son of a prosperous farmer and slave owner. Polk was often sickly and rarely took part in farm work, preferring reading and academics. He attended college, studied law, and later served in the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Image of James K. Polk – 11th U.S. President

Polk was governor of Tennessee and was also a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson. As President, Polk broadened the nation’s land holdings to include the Oregon Territory, which was shared by England and America; and Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, which previously belonged to Mexico.

Fun Facts

  • James K. Polk was born near Pineville, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on November 2, 1795.

Polk married Sarah Childress Polk in 1824. Th“Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against oppression.”

Born in North Carolina and raised in Tennessee, James K. Polk was the son of a prosperous farmer and slave owner. Polk was often sickly and rarely took part in farm work, preferring reading and academics. He attended college, studied law, and later served in the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Polk was governor of Tennessee and was also a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson. As President, Polk broadened the nation’s land holdings to include the Oregon Territory, which was shared by England and America; and Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, which previously belonged to Mexico.

Fun Facts

  • James K. Polk was born near e couple had no children. Sarah was very religious and didn’t believe in alcohol, gambling, or dancing. White House parties were quiet affairs.
  • Polk deliberately started the Mexican War so he could lay claim to California. The Mexican War was longer and bloodier than he had expected, although the weak Mexican army eventually surrendered. The U.S. paid Mexico $15 million for the land it gained.
  • Ulysses S. Grant, who fought in the war, said it was “one of the most unjust wars ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation.”
  • Polk was often ill, but worked very hard as President. He died just a few months after leaving office.
  • He didn’t trust banks and kept his money in bags in the house. When Polk died, he left his money to his wife, who lived another 42 years. He requested that she free their slaves after his death.

Questions and Answers

Question: Did James K. Polk support slavery?

Answer: As a Southern politician, Polk supported slavery and its expansion into Texas; his personal feelings about slavery might have been conflicted though. As the country gained new lands, the northern and southern states disagreed about whether slavery should be allowed in those new lands. Fierce fighting eventually led to the Civil War several years later

 

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