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James K. Polk & Theodore Roosevelt Essay

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  • on January 8, 2012
  • Category: History
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James K. Polk
Theodore Roosevelt

      James K. Polk:

James K. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina on

November 2 , in 1795. He was the oldest one of ten 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

Once that James had turned ten years old,, his father had took his big family and

moved towards the west, some two hundred miles, to the frontier of Tennessee,

where, in a rich valley on Duck River, Samuel Polk, James’s father and his

neighbors built their log huts and started their homes. He lived in good and

structured farmhouse and was raised by his mother, Jane Knox Polk, and she  

believed in raising her children according to the strict Presbyterian "gospel of

duty." But unfortunely he was not a healthy kid during his childhood.

When he was 21 years old in 1816, James had gotten accepted to the

University of North Carolina as a sophomore. He was planning to make up for

lost time back when he was too distracted about his gallstones to work as hard

as he could as a child. By the time of 1818, he had graduated college at the age

of 23 years old with honors and he had decided to enter the exciting world of

politics. Soon after his graduation, he left for Nashville to study law with the

Nashville lawyer, Felix Grundy. James was allowed to enter the bar at the year

1820 but his very first case was to defend his own father because he was

pressed with a fighting charge, after that his attorney career took off and became


A   couple years later, in 1822, he enrolled in the local military , where he

was eventually labeled as the Captain of a militia Cavalry regiment and later on,

he rose to the status of a colonel.   Polk's oratory became popular, earning him

the nickname "Napoleon of the Stump." In 1822 Polk gave up his position as

clerk to start getting supporters for his new...

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