On This Day in History - June 15

James K. Polk, eleventh President of the United States died on this date in 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. Polk is best known for an incredibly successful one-term presidency, after which he declined a second term.

Like all Presidents, James Knox Polk was a politician, a businessman, but above all, a human being prone to error like the rest of us. While he is credited with having a successful presidency, his actions during his presidency provoked the Mexican War and perhaps even the Civil War.

The music genius duo, They Might Be Giants, wrote a musical tribute to James Polk on their album, Factory Showroom. This video, performed by children, makes me smile.

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Written by Tara on June 15, 2010

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