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.
- Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter Borneman
- A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert Merry
- Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk by William Dusinberre