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James Knox Polk Timeline


Short Biography of President James Knox Polk
Lifespan: 1795 - 1849
Born on November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
James Polk died on June 15, 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee
Eleventh President of America - His term in office was from 1845 to 1849

Why was James Knox Polk famous?
James Knox Polk was famous as the eleventh President of the United States of America and for his policy of expansion which added Texas, California and other territory to the U.S.

The next US President was Zachary Taylor.
 

1795

 

Born on November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Educated at the University of North Carolina

1811

 

Battle of Tippecanoe

1812

 

The War of 1812 which has also been called the second War for Independence, between the United States and Great Britain

1814

 

Treaty of Fort Jackson ends Creek War

1823

 

Member of Tennessee House of Representatives, 1823-25

1824

 

James Polk was married to Sarah Childress Polk in 1824  

1825-39

 

Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1825-39

1830

 

Indian Removal Act
Oregon Trail opens

1832

 

Black Hawk War
Seminole War begins
Department of Indian Affairs established

1835

 

Texas War for Independence begins

1835-39

 

Speaker of the House, 1835-39

1837

 

Battle of the Alamo

1838

 

1838-1839: The Trail of Tears

1839-41

 

Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41

1842

 

The Second Seminole War ended (1842)

1845

 

His term in office was from 1845 to 1849
He also enlarged the Monroe Doctrine.

1846

 

Mexican-American War begins
1846 acquisition of California
1846 Oregon Treaty
1846 the reduction of the tariff
1846 establishment of the independent treasury.

1848

 

Gold discovered in California
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War

1849

 

James Polk died of cholera on June 15, 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was buried in a tomb on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

James Knox Polk Timeline

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