James K. Polk

The American Presidents Series: The 11th President, 1845-1849 by John Seigenthaler

  • Published: Sep 28, 2020

The story of a pivotal president who watched over our westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy James K. Polk was a shrewd and decisive commander in chief, the youngest president elected to guide the still-young nation, who served... read more

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Details of James K. Polk

Exact title of the book
James K. Polk
Book author
John Seigenthaler
ISBN
9780805069426
Book series
The American Presidents
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
Jan 04, 2004
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
208
File size (in PDF)
1872 kB

Some brief overview of book

The story of a pivotal president who watched over our westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy James K. Polk was a shrewd and decisive commander in chief, the youngest president elected to guide the still-young nation, who served as Speaker of the House and governor of Tennessee before taking office in 1845. Considered a natural successor to Andrew Jackson, "Young Hickory" miraculously revived his floundering political career by riding a wave of public sentiment in favor of annexing the Republic of Texas to the Union.

Shortly after his inauguration, he settled the disputed Oregon boundary and by 1846 had declared war on Mexico in hopes of annexing California. The considerably smaller American army never lost a battle. At home, however, Polk suffered a political firestorm of antiwar attacks from many fronts.

Despite his tremendous accomplishments, he left office an extremely unpopular man, on whom stress had taken such a physical toll that he died within three months of departing Washington. Fellow Tennessean John Seigenthaler traces the life of this president who, as Truman noted, "said what he intended to do and did it."

About author

Seigenthaler was the founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. An administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, he was an award-winning journalist for the Nashville Tennessean for forty-three years, finally serving as the paper's editor, publisher, and CEO, and was named founding editorial director of USA Today in 1982.

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