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James K. Polk, governor of Tennessee, print by Charles Fenderich, c. 1838 (Library of Congress)

James K. Polk, governor of Tennessee, print by Charles Fenderich, c. 1838 (Library of Congress)

James K. Polk, president, photograph by Mathew Brady, 1845–49 (Library of Congress)

James K. Polk, president, photograph by Mathew Brady, 1845–49 (Library of Congress)

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

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

President Polk (third from right) with cabinet members John Y. Mason, William L. Marcy, Cave Johnson, George Bancroft, and Robert J. Walker, photograph attributed to John Plumbe, Jr., 1846 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

President Polk (third from right) with cabinet members John Y. Mason, William L. Marcy, Cave Johnson, George Bancroft, and Robert J. Walker, photograph attributed to John Plumbe, Jr., 1846 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

President Polk with wife Sarah Childress Polk, photograph probably by John Plumbe, Jr., c. 1846 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

President Polk with wife Sarah Childress Polk, photograph probably by John Plumbe, Jr., c. 1846 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

James K. Polk Ancestral Home, Columbia, Tenn., where Polk lived from 1818 to 1824 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

James K. Polk Ancestral Home, Columbia, Tenn., where Polk lived from 1818 to 1824 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

Earliest known photograph of the White House, by John Plumbe, Jr., c. 1846 (Library of Congress)

Earliest known photograph of the White House, by John Plumbe, Jr., c. 1846 (Library of Congress)

Polk Place, Nashville, where Polk lived at the end of his life in 1849 and where he was buried until 1893; house was demolished in 1901 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

Polk Place, Nashville, where Polk lived at the end of his life in 1849 and where he was buried until 1893; house was demolished in 1901 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

James K. Polk–George M. Dallas campaign poster, by Nathaniel Currier, 1844 (Library of Congress)

James K. Polk–George M. Dallas campaign poster, by Nathaniel Currier, 1844 (Library of Congress)

Lithographic print of Polk, by Nathaniel Currier, 1844 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

Lithographic print of Polk, by Nathaniel Currier, 1844 (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

Mexican-American War (1846–48) troop movements and battles of 1846 and 1847 (American Military History, United States Army Center of Military History, 1989; University of Texas Libraries)

Mexican-American War (1846–48) troop movements and battles of 1846 and 1847 (American Military History, United States Army Center of Military History, 1989; University of Texas Libraries)

Expansion of the United States, including the acquisitions of Texas, Oregon Country, and the Mexican Cession during the Polk administration, The Cambridge Modern History Atlas, 1912 (private collection of Roy Winkelman; Florida Center for Instructional Technology, University of South Florida)

Expansion of the United States, including the acquisitions of Texas, Oregon Country, and the Mexican Cession during the Polk administration, The Cambridge Modern History Atlas, 1912 (private collection of Roy Winkelman; Florida Center for Instructional Technology, University of South Florida)

Cartoon depicting campaign supporters’ demanding favors and political actions of President Polk after his inauguration, probably by Edward Williams Clay, 1845 (Library of Congress)

Cartoon depicting campaign supporters’ demanding favors and political actions of President Polk after his inauguration, probably by Edward Williams Clay, 1845 (Library of Congress)

Cartoon depicting conflicts during the Mexican-American War among President Polk, General Winfield Scott, and peace commissioner Nicholas P. Trist, 1847 (Library of Congress)

Cartoon depicting conflicts during the Mexican-American War among President Polk, General Winfield Scott, and peace commissioner Nicholas P. Trist, 1847 (Library of Congress)

Tomb of James K. and Sarah Childress Polk, on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

Tomb of James K. and Sarah Childress Polk, on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville (James K. Polk Memorial Association)

 

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