James Polk | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

James Polk

  • James Polk
Sculptor: 
Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby
GPS Location: 
Latitude: 44.079805300000
Longitude: -103.225227800000

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. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamespolk

​Presidential Years: 1845-1849

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

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