The Polk Project

Home of the Correspondence of James K. Polk


James K. Polk, painting by George P. A. Healy, 1846 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

James K. Polk served as the United States’ eleventh president, from 1845 to 1849. The James K. Polk Project, an undertaking of the Department of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, aims to locate all extant letters by or to Polk throughout his life and to publish a multivolume selected edition of that correspondence. On this website you can learn more about Polk and the Polk Project and view sample letters from Correspondence of James K. Polk, volume 12, January–July 1847 (2013). For hundreds more letters from that period, see that newly published volume.


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