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Transcript of Young Hickory
He was born November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Mecklenburg County is now Pineville.
James Polk was the first of 10 children. His family religion is Presbyterian.
President Polk was the governor on Tennessee before being elected president. For his first term as president he was trying to be elected president but was then unanimously elected president.
University of North Carolina
He went to an academy in Murfreeboro for early schooling years. He later was accepted at the University of North Carolina. There were only 80 students at the time. He joined the Dialectic Society in college.
By: Donovan Petrecca
The Polk Family
His family members were: Jane Marie, Franklin Ezekiel, Marshal Tate, John Lee, Naomi Tate, Opheli Clarissa, William Hawkins, and Samuel Washington. His parents were Samuel Polk and Jane Knox.
In 1822 he joined the Tennessee militia in the 5th Brigade. He earned the nickname "Napoleon of the Stump" because his oratory became popular. He was the Representative of Maury County. On January 1, 1824 James Polk married Sarah Childress in Murfreeboro.
James Polk was the 11th president. Earned the nickname "Young Hickory" after giving Andrew Jackson "Old Hickory" advice on getting elected. He is on the $1 bill in Mexico and the $1 coin in the U.S.
He accomplished everything he said he would as president. He also left office as the most successful president since George Washington. He bought New Mexico and California for $24-$30 million.
He died at the age of 53 due to Cholera. He died onJune 15, 1849.