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James Knox Polk was born on November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

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He was named after his mother's father, who was a captain during the American Revolution

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Prior to becoming President James Polk's career included the roles of Lawyer, Politician and Statesman, he also had experience in the military when he served during the Mexican War

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James Knox Polk was 49 years old when he became the 11th president of America in 1845; he served for 4 years until 1849

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James Knox Polk is the only president who also held the position, Speaker of the House of Representatives

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James Knox Polk is remembered for his expansion policies which added among others, Texas and California to the United States

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He married Sarah Childress in 1824 they had no children, but she assisted her husband and avidly supported him with his political campaigns

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James Knox Polk was one of only three Presidents that didn't have any children

Fun Fact 9The national Election Day for Presidency was set by law during the term of James Knox Polk. The official day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November
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He was considered a workaholic and was quoted as saying 'No President who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure"

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During his Presidency postage stamps were put into production for the first time

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The tradition of the annual White House Thanksgiving dinner was introduced for the first time by James Knox Polk's wife Sarah

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James Knox Polk placed a ban on alcohol, liquor and dancing in the White House!

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James Knox Polk died on June 15, 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 53. His death was due to the cholera, a disease that was widespread throughout the United States, around that time

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His tomb was moved to when his home, Polk Place was demolished in 1893

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