I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
James K. Polk was the 11th President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1845 until March 4, 1849. He was, also, a lawyer and a planter. Two important aspects of his Presidency was his commitment to only serve one term and his accomplishment of all four goals he set for his Presidency.
James Knox Polk was born in 1795 in Pineville, North Carolina. He was the oldest of ten children. In 1806, his family moved to Maury County, Tennessee. After being homeschooled and attending some schools, he attended the University of North Carolina. He graduated with honors in 1818. Polk then went to Nashville to study law. In 1819, Polk was elected clerk to the Tennessee State Senate. He was reelected and was licensed to practice law in 1820.
In 1825, he became a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee. He was first elected for the 6th and then the 9th districts. In 1835, he became the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1839, he became the Governor of Tennessee. His next political position was becoming the President of the United States.
James K. Polk married Sarah Childress in 1824. They never had children. Sarah took an active role in James’ political campaigns and career.
Nicknames of James K. Polk were Napoleon of the Stump and Young Hickory. Napoleon of the Stump came from his speeches that helped him first get elected to the Tennessee state legislature. Young Hickory came from his following of Andrew Jackson, who was nicknamed Old Hickory.
James K. Polk had four goals for his Presidency. One, reestablish the Independent Treasury System. Two, reduce tariffs. Three, acquire part or all of Oregon Country. Four, acquire California and New Mexico. He accomplished his goals.
James K. Polk most likely contracted cholera on a goodwill tour after he left the White House. He died of it at his home in Nashville, Tennessee in 1849. He was both a young President and young to die shortly after leaving office at just 53 years old. He has been ranked repeatedly around the 10th most significant and influential President.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!