James K. Polk
10th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1853
Vice President George M. Dallas
Preceded by William Henry Harrison
Succeeded by Sam Houston
9th Governor of Tennessee
In office
October 14, 1839 – October 15, 1841
Preceded by Newton Cannon
Succeeded by James C. Jones
13th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
December 7, 1835 – March 4, 1837
Preceded by John Bell
Succeeded by John Sergeant
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1839
Preceded by William Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Harvey Magee Waterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1833
Preceded by John Alexander Cocke
Succeeded by Balie Peyton
Personal details
Born James Knox Polk
November 2, 1795(1795-11-02)
Pineville, North Carolina, U.S.
Died August 20, 1853(1853-08-20) (aged 57)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Resting place Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Childress (m. 1824)
Religion Methodist (formerly Presbyterian)

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