Eleventh President of the United States
Location: Corner of 5th St. & St. Joseph St.
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.
Sculptor: Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby