James Polk

James Polk

Eleventh President of the United States


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

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After Thomas Jefferson, James K. Polk increased the size of the United States more than any other president through the acquisition of California and New Mexico as a result of the Mexican-American War. He also claimed Oregon Territory after a treaty with England. He was a key figure in Manifest Destiny. He was also an extremely effective leader during the Mexican-American War. He is considered to be the best one-term president. Polk’s wife Sarah Childress banned dancing and liquor from the White House.

SculptorLee Leuning and Sherri Treeby