President James K. Polk Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 2, 1795 in Pineville, North Carolina
Died: June 15, 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee
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POLK (1795-1849) was Governor of Tennessee from 1839-1841. He lost reelection bids in 1841 and 1843. In 1844, after being nominated as a "dark horse" at the Democratic National Convention, Polk defeated Whig Henry Clay and was elected 11th U.S. President. While in office, he suffered from recurring attacks of cholera and continual work, including conducting the Mexican War and securing the territories of Oregon and Washington. Polk was exhausted after his four years in office and did not seek re-nomination in 1848. On June 15, 1849, just three and a half months after leaving the White House, Polk died. At 53, he is the youngest U.S. President to die of natural causes. Most historians rate James Polk highly. President Truman called Polk "a great President. He said exactly what he was going to do and he did it.

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