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James Polk

Address

430 St Joseph St
Rapid City, SD  57701

44.080644, -103.223047

Eleventh President of the United States

1845-1849

Location: Corner of 5th St. & St. Joseph St.

Sculptor: Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby

Facts:

  • As a result of the Mexican-American War, he increased the size of the U.S. through the acquisition of California and New Mexico
  • On top of being nickna,es “Young Hickory” he was also nicknamed “Napoleon of the Stump” due to his small stature
  • He achieved all four of his major goals in office: cut tariffs, reestablish an independent U.S. Treasury, secure the Oregon Territory and acquire California and New Mexico