Skip to Content
HomeAbout this siteHelpSearch this site The Library of Congress
America's Story from America's LibraryMeet Amazing AmericansJump Back in TimeExplore the StatesJoin America at PlaySee, Hear and Sing
Jump Back in Time Western Expansion & Reform (1829-1859)
 
Timeline
James K. Polk--11th president of the United States
President James K. Polk was not expected to win the election

Enlarge this image
James K. Polk Is Elected 11th President of the United States
November 5, 1844

When James K. Polk accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency, he was not very well known. The Whig opposition party played on his obscurity, sniping, "Who is James K. Polk?" An experienced speaker, Polk surprised everyone when he campaigned vigorously and won the presidency on November 5, 1844. He was called a "dark horse" candidate because he was not expected to beat his opponent, Henry Clay of the Whig Party, to become the 11th president of the United States.
page 1 of 3 Next



Library Of Congress | Legal Notices | Privacy | Site Map | Contact Us