Even he was surprised. But the top politicians, including former president Martin Van Buren, failed to win a majority of votes. Convention delegates tried again and again to agree on a candidate. Eventually, Polk was nominated.
Visit Website Did you know? In addition to being nicknamed "Young Hickory," Polk, an eloquent orator who was small in stature, was dubbed "Napoleon of the Stump. As first lady, she was a charming and popular hostess, although she banned hard liquor from the White House and eschewed dancing, the theater and horse races.
House of Representatives, where he would serve seven terms and act as speaker of the House from to Polk left Congress in to become governor of Tennessee. George Dallasa U. In the general election, Polk ran against U. He narrowly won the presidency with Polk eventually achieved all his goals.
He was a champion of manifest destiny—the belief that the United States was fated to expand across the North American continent—and by the end of his four years in office, the nation extended, for the first time, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
Inthe United States completed its annexation of Texas, which became the 28th state on December This move led to a breakdown in diplomatic relations with Mexico from which Texas had revolted in The United States won the two-year battle, and as a result, Mexico relinquished its claims to Texas.
With the Oregon Treaty ofPolk managed another significant land acquisition—this time without going to war—when his administration diplomatically settled a border dispute with the British and gained full control of the present-day states of WashingtonOregon and Idahoas well as parts of Montana and Wyoming.
On the domestic front, Polk reduced tariffs in an effort to stimulate trade and created an independent U.
Federal funds had previously been deposited in private or state banks. Also during this time, the U. Naval Academy, Smithsonian Institution and Department of Interior were each established, and in addition to Texas, two more states— Iowa and Wisconsin —joined the Union.
Later Years James Polk kept his campaign promise to serve just one term and did not seek reelection in He was succeeded by Zachary Taylora military leader who earned acclaim during the Mexican-American War and ran for the presidency on the Whig ticket.
The stress of the presidency had left him in poor health, and he died that summer, on June 15, at age He was buried at Polk Place. Inhis remains, along with those of his wife, who outlived him by more than 40 years, were moved to the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville. Start your free trial today.James Polk: Young Hickory and Dark-Horse Polk was born on a farm in Mecklenburg county, N.
C., on Nov. 2, , the oldest of the ten children of Samuel and Jane Knox Polk. The Polks had moved from Pennsylvania a generation earlier, among the first pioneer settlers in that part of North Car.
Under James Knox Polk, the United States grew by more than a million square miles, adding territory that now composes the states of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, much of New Mexico, and portions of .
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