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James K. Polk

11th President of the United States

(1845-1849)

"We must ever maintain the principle that the people of this continent alone have the right to decide their own destiny."

--Message to Congress, 1845


Full Name: James Knox Polk

Born: November 2, 1795

Birthplace: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Father: Samuel Polk (1772-1827)

Mother: Jane Knox Polk (1776-1852)

Wife: Sarah Polk (1803-1891)

Married: January 1, 1824

Religious Preference: Presbyterian

Previous Experience: Lawyer, Tennessee Legislature, U.S. Representative, Governor of Tennessee

Political Party: Democratic

Age at Inauguration: 49

Term of Office: March 4, 1845 - March 4, 1849

Vice-President: George M. Dallas (1845-1849)

Died: June 15, 1849

Age at Death: 53

Place of Burial: Nashville, Tennessee

President at Time of Death: Zachary Taylor


Election Results

Year Candidate Name Electoral Vote Popular Vote
1844 James K. Polk (D) 170 1,337,243
  Henry Clay (W) 105 1,299,062
  James G. Birney (L) 0 62,103