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JAMES K. POLK, SON OF SAMUEL, SON OF EZEKIEL, SON OF WILLIAM From DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY Vol. III, Edited by Dumas Malone

James K. Polk accompanied his wife to the Presbyterian Church but "his opinion and predilection" were in favor of the Methodists with whom he united before his death.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina with first honors in Math and the Classics. He returned to Tennessee and began to study Law at Colombia, Maury County. He served two years in the Legislature. He enjoyed the friendship of Andrew Jackson. On January I, 1824 James K. Polk and Miss Sarah Childress were married.

He was not quite fifty years old when he was inaugurated on March 4, 1845. His life was serious and laborious. He regarded time wasted when spent in mere pleasure. Naturally secretive, he often gave offense by his enigmatical silence.

JAMES K. POLK THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS AND THE MEXICAN WAR

From HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF TEXAS Page 210 by Z. T. Fulmore

President Polk's message to Congress December 2, 1845, accurately and clearly stated the case of the United States:

"Texas has declared her independence and maintained it by her arms for more than nine years. She has had an organized government in successful operation during this time. Her separate existence as an independent state has been recognized by the United States and the principal powers of Europe. Treaties

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