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U.S. President flag    James Knox  POLK

  (b. 2 November 1795 North Carolina, USA   d. 15 June 1849 Nashville, Tennessee, USA )  

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James Knox POLK was born 2 November 1795 in North Carolina, USA. James Knox POLK was the child of ?   and   ?

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He married  Sarah Whitsett CHILDRESS 1 January 1824 in Tennessee, USA .  Sarah Whitsett CHILDRESS  was born 4 September 1803 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA.  She died 14 August 1891 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. 

James Knox POLK died 15 June 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Occupation: President of the United States

born at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

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James Knox POLK married flag   Sarah Whitsett CHILDRESS-- Date: 1 January 1824 Place: , Tennessee, USA

Name: James K. Polk
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Spouse's Name: Sarah Childress
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Event Date: 01 Jan 1824
Event Place: , Rutherford, Tennessee
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M71126-1
System Origin: Tennessee-ODM
GS Film number: 379649
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"Tennessee, Marriages, 1796-1950," Database, FamilySearch ( ark:/ 61903/ 1:1:XD3Q-XQ2 : accessed 28 June 2015), James K. Polk and Sarah Childress, 01 Jan 1824; citing , Rutherford, Tennessee, reference ; FHL microfilm 379,649.


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James Knox POLK

Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa, Chapman Pub Co, 1894

James Knox POLK
2 November 1795
, North Carolina, USA


JAMES K. POLK, the eleventh President of the 'United States, was born in Mecklenburgh County, N. C., November 2, 1795. His parents were Samuel and Jane (Knox) Polk, the former a son of Col. Thomas Polk, who located at the above place, as one of the first pioneers, in 1735. In 1806, with his wife and children, and soon after followed by most of the members of the Polk family, Samuel Polk emigrated some two or three hundred miles farther west, to...Read MORE...

World History 1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the Army of Italy

World History 1799 - Rosetta Stone discovered

World History 1801 - Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland creates the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

USA 1803 - October 20 - Louisiana Purchase - The United States doubled its size by purchasing this territory from Spain.

USA 1804 - May 14 - Lewis & Clark set out from St Louis for Pacific Coast

USA 1805 - November 15 - Lewis and Clark reach Pacific

World History 1805 - Treaty of Pressburg formally dissolves the Holy Roman Empire

World History 1812 - Napoleon leads French invasion of Russia, resulting in catastrophic defeat for French. War of 1812 begins with U.S. declaration of war on the United Kingdom.

World History 1814 - Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to St. Elba according to the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. Representatives from Austria, Russia, Prussia, Britain, and France meet at the Congress of Vienna to discuss future of Europe.

World History 1815 - The War of 1812 ends with the Treaty of Ghent. Napoleon escapes Elba in an attempt to reestablish his power. Coalition forces defeat him at the battle of Waterloo.

USA 1816 - Year without a summer

USA 1819 - The Panic of 1819 - A combination of bad banking practices; too much land speculation and competition from Europe caused the United States to enter its first economic depression.

USA 1825 - October 26 - Erie Canal completed

USA 1826 - July 4 – Former US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both die on the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.

USA 1827 - February 28 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.

USA 1830 - May 28 – The Indian Removal Act marks the beginning of the forced relocation of five tribes of native Americans, known as Trail of Tears

USA 1831 - January 1 - First Abolitionist Newspaper

USA 1836 - The Alamo and Texas Declaration of Independence

USA 1837 - The Panic of 1837

World History 1839 - January 2 – First photograph of the Moon taken by photographer Louis Daguerre.

USA 1840s - 1880s - The Oregon Trail

USA 1840 to 1860s - French-Canadian emigration to the United States

USA 1842 - August 9 – The Webster–Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States–Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.

USA 1844 - May 24 – The first electrical telegram is sent over the telegraph by Samuel F. B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" in Baltimore, Maryland, saying "What hath God wrought".

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James Knox POLK and Sarah Whitsett CHILDRESS 1 January 1824, , Tennessee, USA

1845 - March 4 - James K. Polk (1795-1849) becomes 11th President of the United States

When James K. Polk accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency, he was not very well known. The Whig opposition party played on his obscurity, sniping, "Who is James K. Polk?" An exp
March 4, 1845

USA 1846 - April 25 – Mexican–American War: Open conflict begins over border disputes of Texas' boundaries.

USA 1848 - January 24 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California.

USA 1848 - February 2 - Mexican–American War formally ends with signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ceding virtually all of what becomes the Southwestern United States to the U.S.

15 June 1849
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Name: James Knox Polk
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Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1849
Event Place: Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States of America
Photograph Included: Yes
Birth Date: 02 Nov 1795
Death Date: 15 Jun 1849
Affiliate Record Identifier: 823
Cemetery: Tennessee State Capitol Building and Grounds

"Find A Grave Index," Database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 June 2015), James Knox Polk, 1849; Burial, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States of America, Tennessee State Capitol Building and Grounds; citing record ID 823, Find a Grave,

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