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James Knox (President) Polk

James Knox (President) Polk[1, 2, 3]

Male 1795 - 1849  (53 years)

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  • Name James Knox (President) Polk  [4
    Born 2 Nov 1795  Mecklenburg, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1839-1841 
    Govenor of Tennesee 
    Occupation 1845-1849 
    11 President of the United States 
    Died 15 Jun 1849  Nashville, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I750  Main
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2004 

    Father Samuel Polk,   b. 5 Jul 1772, Tryon, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1827, Columbia, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Jean Gracy Knox,   b. 25 Dec 1776, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1852, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sara Childress,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Jan 1824  TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Nov 1795 - Mecklenburg, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1824 - TN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jun 1849 - Nashville, TN Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Third Cousin 7 Times Removed of Elizabeth Jane & Jack Howell.  Common ancestor is William B. Polk

      "......THE EXPANSIONIST"

      "President Polk added a vast area to the United States....."

      "extended the Canadian boundary, along the 49th parallel, except for the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The treaty was signed in 1846.

      "American forces won repeated victories and occupied Mexico City. Finally, in 1848, Mexico ceded New Mexico and California in return for $15,000,000 and American assumption of the damage claims"

      James Polk ancestral home web
      White House web biography
      Biography here:

      ..."last of the Jacksonians to sit in the White House, and the last strong President until the Civil War"

      Ranked as the 10th greatest President (out of 39) by a Federalist Society poll in 2000 designed to remedy the flaws in this type of survey. The Wall Street Journal summarized this survey in a June 10, 2004 article in their Opinion Journal. "Three presidents made the cut as "great": George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. They are the top three finishers in most surveys of scholars." "Eight presidents were judged "near great," including Mr. Reagan, who finished eighth. Among them only James K. Polk (10th) served just one term." "Among recent presidents, only Mr. Reagan ranked as "near great." JFK (18th) and LBJ (17th) were "above average," George H.W. Bush (21st) and Bill Clinton (24th) "average," and Richard Nixon (33rd), Gerald Ford (28th) "

      The following from:

      11 President of the United States from 1845 - 1849
      Nickname: "Young Hickory"

      Father: Samuel Polk
      Mother: Jane Knox Polk
      Married: Sarah Childress (1803-1891), on January 1, 1824
      Children: None

      Religion: Presbyterian
      Education: Graduated from the University of North Carolina (1818)
      Occupation: Lawyer
      Political Party: Democratic
      Other Government Positions:

      Member of Tennessee House of Representatives, 1823-25
      Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1825-39
      Speaker of the House, 1835-39
      Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41
      Presidential Salary: $25,000/year

      Points of Interest:

      A week before he died, Polk was baptized a Methodist.

      Gaslights were installed in the White House while Polk was a resident.

      Polk survived a gallstone operation at age 17 without anethesia or antiseptics. Those medical practices were not used at the time.

      The first annual White House Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by Sarah Polk.

      Sarah Polk was a devout Presbyterian. She banned dancing, card-playing and alcoholic beverages in the White House.

      News of Polk's nomination was widely disseminated using the telegraph. The first time his had been done.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S590] (LDS Church), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1999-2002 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.).

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    4. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell,, p. 42.