James K. Polk was the 11th President of the United States from 1845-1849. As a Democrat, Polk represented Tennessee as the 17th Speaker of the House of Representatives and as Governor. He was the dark horse candidate for president in 1944, defeating Henry Clay, a member of the Whig Party by promising to annex Texas. Polk was the last strong pre-Civil War candidate and was known for his strong foreign policy. At the age of 49 , Polk became the youngest President to assume office at that time.
Born in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina now known as Pineville, North Carolina ;Polk later moved to Tennessee. He met his future wife Sarah Childress in July 1813 and they were married January 1, 1824 at the age of 28. They did not have any children.
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