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James Knox Polk: A Chronology of His Life and Career

As a member of the House of Representatives, James Knox Polk was a chief lieutenant in President Andrew Jackson's war with the Bank of America. He served as Speaker between 1835 and 1839, leaving to become Governor of Tennessee. It was because of Jackson that he was unexpectedly nominated for the presidency in 1844.

James Knox Polk, by George Peter Alexander Healy
James Knox Polk, by George Peter Alexander Healy

November 2, 1795 birthplace Born near Pineville, North Carolina.
1806 Columbia, Tennessee, Home Moved to Tennessee.
1818   Graduated from the University of North Carolina.
1820   Admitted to the Tennessee Bar.
1821   Became chief clerk of the Tennessee Senate.
1823   Elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
January 1, 1824   Married Sarah Childress.
1825   Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1835   Elected Speaker of the House.
1839   Elected Governor of Tennessee.
1844 President James K. Polk Elected President of the United States.
June 15, 1849 Tomb of James Knox Polk Died in Nashville, Tennessee.

SOURCES
North Carolina Encyclopedia ncpedia.org/biography/polk-james
People in the West www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/i_r/polk.htm

SEE ALSO
President Andrew Jackson

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