James Knox Polk
Full Name: James Knox Polk
Born: November 2, 1795
Place of Birth: Mecklenberg, North Carolina
Ancestry: Scotch - Irish
Father: Samuel Polk (1772 - 1827)
Mother: Jane Knox (1776 - 1852)
First Lady: Sarah Childress Polk
Pet(s): A Horse
Education: Graduated from the University of North Carolina (1818)
Military Service: Colonel
Political Party: Democratic
Offices Held: 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)
Age at Inauguration: 49
Terms Served: One; (1845 - 1849)
Vice Presidents: George Dallas
Campaign Slogan: 54-40 Or Fight. Reannexation of Texas and Reoccupation of Oregon.
States Admitted: Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin
Sport or Hobby: None found
Nickname: The People's Choice
Died: June 15, 1849 - Age 54
Place of Death: Polk Place, Nashville, Tennessee
Cause of Death: Cholera
While Polk was President, gold was discovered in California.
He was the first President to voluntarily retire after one term.
Dancing and music were not allowed at White House parties during his administration.