James K. Polk

11th President of the United States

James K. Polk

  • NAME: James Polk
  • OCCUPATION: U.S President, U.S. Representative, U.S. Governer
  • BIRTH DATE: November 02, 1795
  • DEATH DATE: June 15, 1849
  • EDUCATION: University of North Carolina
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Pineville (Mecklenburg County), North Carolina
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Nashville, Tennessee
  • FULL NAME: James Knox Polk
  • AKA: James Polk
  • AKA: James K. Polk

Before Presidency

The annexation of Texas by James K. Polk led to Mexican-American War. The united States claimed victory during the war which gave them large portions of land along the south and pacific coast. The northern borders of the United States of America was also estabished by polk, along with the Smithsonian and Naval Academy. Polk graduated with honors in 1818 from the university of North Carolina. Which later he moved to Tennessee and served as a legislature. Not long after Polk was moved up to become a United States representative. Although he did later leave to become governor for Tennessee.

Leading to Presidency

Leading into the presidential election of 1844, Polk was the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for the vice presidency. Later enter Andrew Jackson, who knew that the American public favored westward expansion. He sought to run a candidate in the election committed to the precepts of manifest destiny, and at the Democratic Convention, Polk was nominated to run for the presidency. Polk went on to win the popular vote by a razor-thin margin, but took the electoral college handily.

James K. Polk as President

mes Polk took office on March 4, 1845 and, at 49 years of age, he became the youngest president in American history at that time. Before Polk took the oath of office, Congress offered annexation to Texas, and when they accepted and became a new state, Mexico severed diplomatic relations with the United States and tensions between the two countries escalated. President Polk would have to contend with England, who had jointly occupied the area for nearly 30 years. Polk's political allies claimed the entire Oregon area for the United States, from California northward to the 54° 40' latitude. Things went less smoothly in the hunt for California and New Mexico, and ever-increasing tensions led to the Mexican-American War. After several battles and the American occupation of Mexico City, Mexico ceded New Mexico and California in 1848, and coast-to-coast expansion was complete.