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Consistently listed by historians as a good president (top 12) yet many know little about James K. Polk. His most impressive claim to fame may be that he actually accomplished his campaign promises.
What state was he born in?
Born November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County
What state did he represent in Congress?
In 1823 represented Maury County Tennessee in the House
He was a member of what political party?
At the time the two main parties were Whig and Democrat
Who did he beat in the presidential election of 1844?
Clay of Kentucky was a member of the Whig political party
What number President was he?
Preceded by Tyler, succeeded by Taylor
Who was his Vice President?
Dallas, of Pennsylvania, has the middle name Mifflin.
Name one of the Presidents Polk served as Speaker of the House under?
Polk is the only president who served as Speaker of the House
How many months after his presidency did he die?
Polk died in June of 1859. He was accused often by colleagues and his wife that he worked far to hard all the time.
What University did graduate with honors from?
Polk notably became a superb orator during his time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
What rank did Polk achieve in the local militia in Tennessee
All by the age of 28!
What age did Polk get elected to the House of Representatives
His opponent tried to use his age to beat him in the election.
He had a close relationship with this other US president..
Both men supported each other politically during their times of influence.
What issue vaulted Polk from 'Dark Horse' to presidential nominee for the Democratic party?
Polk was the candidate most willing to move forward quickly on Texas' joining of the union.
This common term for the US expansion west began by Polk supporting Democrats..
Sounds like a cool album title; or the belief that expansion was readily apparent (manifest) and inexorable (destiny).
Polk campaigned and accomplished promise #1
Polk also oversaw the opening of the US naval acadmey
Polk campaigned and accomplished promise #2
Polk also oversaw the opening of the Smithsonian Institute
Polk campaigned and accomplished promise #3
Polk also witnessed the groundbreaking of the Washington Monument
Polk campaigned and accomplished promise #4
Polk also oversaw the issuance of the first postage stamps
During his presidency he was known as...
This nickname was related to his friendship with Andrew Jackson another strong president nicknamed 'Old Hickory'
What country did the US go to War with under Polk?
Perhaps the largest critisisms of Polk come on his war with Mexico and as a result the expansion of states with slavery in them
What country did Polk compromise with to avoid conflict over Oregon Country?
Politically adding northern states kept the tenuos balance the US had on slave v. non slave states.
In 1848 this treaty added 1.2 million square miles of land to the United States
This treaty added 1/3 to the size of the US and took 1/2 the size of Mexico away
This future president worked closely with Polk as a General in the conflict with Mexico
General Taylor battled Mexico troops in the northern half of the conflict.
This future president served as Secratary of State under Polk..
The only President that was a lifelong bachelor. Oh the reality show that would make today...
Name one of the three states that were admitted to the union during Polk's term..
Obviously Polk's aggressive actions led to the current Map of the continental US that we all know
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