James K. Polk

James Knox Polk

      1. Today I will be speaking about James Knox Polk. Polk was born on November 2, 1795, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina,(near Charlotte) and was the eldest of ten children. When he was young he and his family left there log cabin and moved to a new and strange place: Columbia, Tennessee. His mother was a very good Christian however his father rejected the Presbyterian faith or any christian faith at all. Surprisingly his mother outlived James. Pollock was their original name but it changed to Polk because of slur. When he was a teenager he went to college at Zion Church, and was a very good student. He later transferred to the University of North Carolina. At the school he soon became interested in debating. He then went to Nashville to study law, and he graduated in 1818. all this led him to politics in 1823, and then to his wife Sarah Childress. Her last name might have just as well been Childless instead of Childress, because, sadly, they never had any children. However his wife did help him with his speeches, because with no children she might as well help James with his speeches, and he became president in 1844 after John Tyler. He died in his home on June 15, 1849 because of chorera. He was buried on his property, and then Zachery Tayler became president.






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