11th President (1845-1849)
Born: November 2, 1795
Died: June 15, 1849
Vice Presidents: George Mifflin Dallas
Political Party: Democratic
Next President: Zachary Taylor
Previous President: John Tyler
Notable James Polk Quotes
"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or
encroaching upon their just rights."
"The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable,
and greatly embarrasses the operations of the Government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to
fill them themselves."
The Only President to...
James Polk was the only Speaker of the House of Representatives ever to be elected President of
the United States.
Interesting James Polk Facts
At the time of his inauguration, Polk was the youngest man ever to be President of the United
He was the first U.S. President not to seek re-election. He retired after his first term and
died just three months later at the age of 53.