JAMES|JOHN POLK: Life And Times Of The 11th US President
Similar to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22), who was often referred to as "Jack," JAMES Polk was often referred to as "John."
An editorial authored by Donald Graham for Newsweek on November 13, 2009 reviews a book written by Robert Merry on the topic of Graham notesthat the book on Polk is an interesting story
regarding the president. Merry describes the president as an out of the ordinary person yet is brought to life in the book. Polk is described as straitlaced, guarded, shrewd and
spirited in his policies. Merry also points to the impression that President Polk is more notable than his historical reputation.
PoLk is alleged to be the least important president in USA history. In contrast to this comment, Polk fought the Mexican War where he settled claims to Texas and Oregon Territory and thereby expanded the Union. The acquisition of California and the southwest was made possible by these settlements. The nationalized economic policy was also solidified because of these settlements. Biographer Merry comments that Polk reached the objective she had laid out for himself and that these objectives were accommplished essentially as a consequence of his personal initiatives. In short, Merry states that President Polk as a intelligent political leader.
As outlined by Merry, Polk was a very unlikely president. Subsequent to being defeated twice for the governor of Tennessee he was finally elected. He spent years afterwards planning for the Democatice vice presidential nomination. Then, once Martin Van Buren, the favored candidate selected the incorrect side concerningTexas appropriation in 1884, Polk was catipulted into a deadlocked convention. As a result of Polk's astute political team's actions, he was the first dark-horse candidate ever voted president.
When he was 11, young JOHN POLK traveled to Tennessee along with his family to join his grandfather. They sold their homestead in search of a fresh life in Tennessee. Polk attended school in Tennessee however returned to North Carolina where he became an honor student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1818 and went back to Tennessee. Upon his return to Tennessee John Polk studied law and established his own business. Polk married Sarah Childress in 1824. Historians write that Sarah had a gracious manner about her plus she was a attentive campanion to Polk which helped further his political career.