Presidential Image Gallery

President James Polk

March 31, 1845
Source: The Library of Congress

When James Polk became President in 1845, he had clearly articulated goals and he accomplished nearly all of them.  He oversaw the acquisition of the Oregon Territory, California, and the Territory of New Mexico; the positive settlement of the Texas border dispute; lower tariff rates; the establishment of a new federal depository system; and the strengthening of the executive office.

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