James Polk
By Gabriele and Maren


Date of Birth: November 2, 1795
Died: June 15, 1849
Wife: Sarah Childress Polk
Children: 0
Nickname: Young Hickory

Early Life

James Polk was born on November 2nd 1795. He was the oldest of 10 children.James Polk also moved from Ireland to America while he was young. When he was young he learned to survey the land. Eventually, he studied at Zion Church and he graduated at the top of his class.


In 1825, he was elected to congress. He served at total of 7 terms. He was also a speaker for the White House which helped Andrew Jackson and Martian Van Buren. James Polk was the youngest member of the United States House of Representatives, after being elected in 1825. But before that, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1823.


During Mr. Polk's presidency, Mexico joined the U.S. in 1845. But shortly after came the 1846 Mexican War. After a long battle, the U.S. won. James Polk asked Britain for Oregon territory and finally got it. He also sighed a treaty with Guadalup Hidalgo in 1848. In the same year he walked away from it all and left office. In total James Polk was able to expand the U.S. a total of 1.2 million square miles and he only did 1 term.

After Presidency

James Polk didn't run for a 2nd term because he felt like he accomplished enough. But only 3 months after leaving office, James Polk died of cholera in 1849. He was buried at the Nashville Cemetery. His mom lived long enough to go to his funeral. James Polk's last words to his wife were,"I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."

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