James Polk Timeline

James Polk Timeline. A Lifetime of events for the eleventh U.S. President both public and private. From his birth on November 2, 1795 to his death on June 15, 1849.

1795 James Knox Polk was born on November 2
1796 John Adams is elected the 2nd U.S. President
1798 Alien and Sedition Acts
1801 Thomas Jefferson is elected the 3rd U.S. President
1803 The Louisiana Purchase
1806 Polk moves to Tennessee
1808 James Madison is elected the 4th U.S. President
1811 Battle of Tippecanoe
1812 War of 1812 with England
1813 Battle of Lake Erie
Battle of the Thames
1814 British troops burn Washington
Treaty of Ghent
1815 Polk enters the University of North Carolina
Andrew Jackson wins at the Battle of New Orleans
1816 James Monroe is elected the 5th U.S. President
1820 Polk is admitted to the bar
Missouri Compromise
1823 Polk is elected to the Tennessee State Legislature
Monroe Doctrine
1824 Polk marries Sarah Childress
Polk is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
1825 John Quincy Adams is elected the 6th U.S. President
1828 Andrew Jackson is elected the 7th U.S. President
1832 Polk is named to the House of Ways and Means Committee
President Jackson vetos the Bank recharter
1834 The rise of the Whig Party
1835 Polk is voted in as Speaker of the House
1836 Siege of the Alamo
Martin Van Buren is elected the 8th U.S. President
1839 James Polk is elected the Governor of Tennesse
1840 Independent Treasury Act
William Henry Harrison is elected the 9th U.S. President
1841 President Harrison dies while in office. Harrison served the shortest Presidential term in American History, (March 4 - April 4, 1841)
Polk was defeated in his re-election bid for Governor
John Tyler becomes President upon Harrisons death
Independent Treasury Act repealed
1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty
1844 James Knox Polk is elected the 11th U.S. President
Polk authorizes the Slidell mission to Mexico
1845 Annexation of Texas
United States Naval Academy is opened
Texas is admitted to the Union
War with Mexico is declared
The Battle of Palo Alto
Polk enacts the Walker Tariff
Monterrey captured
1847 Polk sends Trist to negotiate peace with Mexico
Treaty of Cahuenga ends hostilities in California
Battle of Buena Vista
Capture of Veracruz
Winfield Scott's troops take mexico City
1848 Gold is discovered in California
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Zachary Taylor is elected President
1849 Polk retires to Nashville, TN
Polk dies on June 15

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