This Day in History
Andrew Jackson with James Polk

On a day like today in 1840...

James Polk, seen in this picture on the left, would frequently visit his old friend and benefactor, Andrew Jackson. Although born in North Carolina, Polk moved to Tennessee with his family at the age of eleven. With the help and advice of the 7th President shown here at Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, near Nashville, Polk went on to a career in the Tennessee House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives where he served from 1825 - 1839. From 1835 - 1839 he served as Speaker of the House. During that period in Washington, he built up a reputation as an unswerving supporter of President Jackson. Jackson left office after two terms in 1836 and had the pleasure of seeing two of his protégés, Martin Van Buren in 1837, and later, James Polk in 1844, succeed him to the Presidency.

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