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James K. Polk, our 11th President, returned the country to Jacksonian-Democratic rule. He is most famous for the Mexican War (of which Lincoln was an adamant critic) and his expansionist policy in general. For his biography, you'd be best served reading "A Country of Vast Designs" by Robert Merry.

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The James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, Tennessee is the only surviving residence of the eleventh U.S. President (excluding the White House). Samuel Polk, a prosperous farmer and surveyor, built the Federal-style brick house in 1816 while his oldest son James was attending the University of North Carolina. When the future President graduated in 1818, he returned to Tennessee and stayed with his parents until his marriage to Sarah Childress in 1824.

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What Is American Exceptionalism? A Historical Overview

President James K. Polk President of the United States) and First Lady Sarah Childress Polk. They were the first First Family to be photographed while in office. In office He died of cholera just three months after leaving office.

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James Polk - The first acting U.S. president photographed in office (1845)

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James K. Polk - Often referred to as the first "dark horse" President, James K. Polk was the last of the Jacksonians to sit in the White House, and the last strong President until the Civil War.

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Interesting pic--James Buchanan on the far left, Sarah and James K. Polk in the center, and Dolly Madison is the blurred lady on the right

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