1818 James Polk graduated from University of North Carolina.
1820 James began to practice law.
1828 Polk was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1835 James Polk was named Speaker of the House of Representatives.
1839 Polk became governor of Tennessee.
1844 James K. Polk was elected President.
1846 Polk declared war on Mexico.
1846 U.S. and Britain settled the boundary between Canada and the Oregon Territory.
1847 General Winfield Scott’s troops captured Mexico City. Mexico was defeated.
1848 Gold was discovered in California. U.S. acquired California in a treaty with Mexico.
1848 President James K. Polk declined to run for a second term.
1848 Zachary Taylor, hero in the Mexican War became President.
1849 Polk died at their Tennessee home.
James K. Polk
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