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JAMES KNOX POLK

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

birthplace November 2, 1795 Born near Pineville, North Carolina.
Columbia, Tennessee, Home 1806 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.
President James K. Polk 1844 Elected President of the United States.
Tomb of James Knox Polk June 15, 1849 Died in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sources

North Carolina Encyclopedia ncpedia.org
People in the West www.pbs.org

See Also

President Andrew Jackson

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