James Knox Polk

(1795—1849) American Democratic statesman

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US Democratic statesman, 11th President of the USA (1845–49). His term of office resulted in major territorial additions to the USA: Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845, and the successful outcome of the conflict with Mexico resulted in the annexation of California and the south-west two years later.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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