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.

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Comments: 29
  • #1

    Joram (Monday, 03 May 2010 21:51)

    I don't really know John Polk as a president before in the united states....maybe he is not that popular...anyway history is still being revealed in the present...

  • #2

    Kalvin Gloath (Monday, 03 May 2010 22:47)

    President Polk is a true democrat as the video shows, he manage to even they tag him as the black horse.

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    Elric Stephens (Tuesday, 04 May 2010 00:30)

    John-James Polk is a great leader that his main concern is to serve his mother nation and his fellow countryman. This blog is great.

  • #4

    Kendra (Sunday, 23 May 2010 21:40)

    president Polk is a great leader. i wish there still lived a good leader as he is!

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    princejames (Monday, 24 May 2010 00:07)

    President John Polk is a great president during his time. He is a one term president and has a word of honor.

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    Jerry (Monday, 24 May 2010 00:29)

    I don't know that there was such a president that is existing before namely John Polk. I found out that he did his duty very well....

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    theglamurousgirl (Monday, 24 May 2010 00:53)

    Great article! very informative and blog itself is elegant! thanks for sharing this one! :)

  • #8

    annamae (Monday, 24 May 2010 00:55)

    i agree with you theglamurousgirl! at we are learning something about our 11th president!

  • #9

    annamae (Monday, 24 May 2010 00:56)

    i mean "at least"

  • #10

    princesspamela (Monday, 24 May 2010)

    John Polk? the 11th president of the USA. He has many accomplishment and he is a good leader.

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    Whose Polk? (Monday, 07 June 2010 23:17)

    The 11th president of the U.S? I don't know that there is such a president...hehehe

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    great job! John Polk's the man! thanks for posting this.

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