Despite this omission, according to james a rawley in his american national biography article on polk, his mother stamped her rigid orthodoxy on james, instilling lifelong calvinistic traits of self-discipline, hard work, piety, individualism, and a belief in the imperfection of human nature she also. Although james knox polk led a rather uninteresting and uninspiring life, john seigenthaler does an exceptional job making this biography a very interesting, compelling read he presents a the author also talks about how polk's paternal side shaped his politics and created introductions in polk's early career but mr. James knox polk, eleventh president of the united states and oldest of the ten children of samuel and jane knox polk, was born in mecklenburg county, south of charlotte on a bend of the little it was in maury county that james polk spent a part of his childhood and adolescent years and reached young manhood. James k polk was one of the strongest and most active presidents ever to occupy the office in the nineteenth century only it is an excellent introduction to the polk presidency—thorough in content, objective in treatment, and clearly and gracefully written” —historian “the best available one-volume history of polk. American history: president james k polk - even though he experienced difficult times at the beginning of his life, james k polk played a key role as the 11th president of america in the this caused his early introduction into literature to be consisted of the bible and the stories he was told from his mother and uncle. The diary of james k polk during his presidency, 1845 to 1849 now first printed from the original manuscript in the lewis institute of technology, with an introduction by andrew cunningham mclaughlin of george bancroft ( who had planned a history of polk's administra- tion), is in the new york public library,. Three decades later, eugene irving mccormac recounted it in his 1922 james k polk: a political biography -- the first full-fledged study, drawing on primary sources, of the polk presidency in the process this article is adapted from the introduction to the forthcoming volume 12 (jan-july 1847) of the.
While the cry of the whigs in the ensuing presidential campaign of 1844, who is james k polk was not entirely just then and certainly cannot be echoed today, until recently few biographers had turned their attention to polk, and none had penetrated to the personality concealed behind his disciplined public facade. Biography and other information about james polk, the 11th president of the united states includes information on the 2009 presidential dollar depicting james polk. Summary of president james k polk: napoleon of the stump summary: james k polk (1784-1849), nicknamed the napoleon of the stump, was the 11th american president and served in office from 1841-1849 the presidency of james k polk spanned the period in united states history that encompasses the events of.
James knox polk was a democratic president known for his successes concerning foreign policy and for securing land on which to expand the united states. According to john flansburgh, john linnell wrote james k polk with matthew hill, a childhood friend of theirs and a history buff the concept for the song came from a conversation the two had about writing a song that was based entirely in fact they were specifically drawn to james k polk due to his relative obscurity.
James k polk (1795–1849), the eleventh president, led the united states during the mexican-american war polk began his career as a lawyer before being elected to the tennessee legislature in 1823 in tennessee polk became a close associate of andrew jackson, and he went on to serve in the us house of. Amazoncom: james k polk (the american presidents series) (9780805069426 ): john seigenthaler: books the book is clearly written history at its best and, while lacking the amount of detail in a larger biography, is an absorbing introduction to the man who was responsible for greatly enlarging the land mass of. The president james k polk state historic site offers visitors insight into the life and times of americas 11th president.
James k polk, the 11th president of the united states, lived in this fine brick house in columbia, one of the best examples of federal style architecture in tennessee, from 1819 until 1824 upon his marriage nominated as the first “dark- horse” presidential candidate, his program of westward expansion helped him win the. Although well known in political circles, to the public polk was the first “dark horse ” nominee in the history of the presidency during the campaign the whigs, who were running henry clay, taunted the democrats with the cry “who is james k polk” the answer came on election day: he was president of the.
James k polk's scots-irish ancestors settled in the united states in the 1720s, first in pennsylvania, and then moving to north carolina and finally to tennessee both his grandfathers had fought in the revolutionary war born in 1795, james lived the first ten years of his life in rural north carolina then the family followed. James k polk's early life james knox polk was born to a slaveholding family in north carolina, the eldest of 10 children the family moved to tennessee when polk was a child after graduating from the university of north carolina at chapel hill, he studied law in nashville a lifelong democrat, polk was elected to the.
Find out more about the history of james k polk, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom. James k polk endured a pretty unfortunate childhood but that didn't stop him from becoming the 11th president of the united states in this. Errors of spelling, of grammar, and of composition have therefore been allowed to stand just as the president, who wrote sometimes in haste, sometimes in others, among them thomas ^ i have relied largely upon jenkins, life of james k polk, for the facts relating to the president's family and early personal history.