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James K. Polk (1795 – 1849)

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Essays about James K. Polk

Facts about James K. Polk

Term
:
11th President of the United States (1845 – 1849)
Born
:
November 2, 1795, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Political Party
:
Democrat
Died
:
June 15, 1849
Nickname
:
“Young Hickory”
Education
:
University of North Carolina (graduated 1818)
Religion
:
Presbyterian
Marriage
:
January 1, 1824, to Sarah Childress (1803–1891)
Children
:
None
Career
:
Lawyer
Buried
:
State Capitol Grounds, Nashville, Tennessee
Writings

The Diary of James K. Polk (4 vols., 1910), ed. by Milo M. Quaife; Correspondence of James K. Polk, 10 vols. (1969– )


Citation Information

Consulting Editor

John C. Pinheiro

Professor Pinheiro is an associate professor of history and director of Catholic Studies at Aquinas College. He formerly served as a research assistant on the Correspondence of James K. Polk project at the University of Tennessee and as an assistant editor of The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia. His writings include:

Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, April 2014)

"James K. Polk as War President," in Joel Silbey, ed., A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents, 1837-1861 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War (Praeger Security International, 2007)

The Papers of George Washington, Presidential Series, Vol. 12 (Co-Editor, University of Virginia Press, 2005)

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