As the upcoming U.S. Presidential election looms ahead, you might want to look back into our nation’s history and read about our 11th President- James K. Polk of North Carolina who served from 1845-1849. While Polk doesn’t receive as much attention as some other Americans of his era, he was a remarkably successful one term President who declared in advance that he would only serve one term and then accomplished all of his major goals during his tenure in the White House. Polk was done in one and satisfied with what he achieved.
What exactly did he do? As Wikpedia states, “Polk is often considered the last strong pre–Civil War president, having met during his four years in office every major domestic and foreign policy goal set during his campaign and the transition to his administration. When Mexico rejected the U.S. annexation of Texas (which Mexico considered part of its territory, despite the 1836 Texas Revolution), Polk led the nation to a sweeping victory in the Mexican–American War, which resulted in the cession by Mexico of nearly the whole of what is now the American Southwest. He ensured a substantial reduction of tariff rates by replacing the “Black Tariff” with the Walker tariff of 1846, which pleased the less-industrialized states of his native South by rendering less expensive both imported and, through competition, domestic goods. He threatened war with the United Kingdom over the issue of which nation owned the Oregon Country, eventually reaching a settlement in which the British were made to sell the portion that became the Oregon Territory. Additionally, he built an independent treasury system that lasted until 1913, oversaw the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy and of the Smithsonian Institution, the groundbreaking for the Washington Monument, and the issuance of the first United States postage stamp.”
While we don’t own an adult biography of Polk, we do have plenty of material on his era including the Mexican American War.