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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

James K. Polk

 
 
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Photographed By Shane Oliver, December 20, 2021
1. James K. Polk Marker
Inscription.  The house which stood about 100 feet west was built in 1815 by Felix Grundy. James K. Polk bought it while President in 1847. He came home to it on expiration of his term of office and died here, June 15, 1849. His widow occupied it until her death in 1891. It was later owned by Jacob McGavock Dickinson, Secretary of War, 1908-1912, and a descendant of Grundy.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 26.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1773.
 
Location. 36° 9.79′ N, 86° 47.003′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on 7th Avenue North. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial Auditorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Edwin W. Craig (within shouting distance of this marker); Votes for Women (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hermitage Hotel
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Photographed By Shane Oliver, December 20, 2021
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bennie Dillon Building (about 400 feet away); Doctors Building (about 400 feet away); Historic Castner Knott Building (about 500 feet away); Tennessee Tower (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
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Photographed By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. James K. Polk
This 1846 portrait of James K. Polk by George P. A. Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“It is often said that James K. Polk was the first ‘dark horse’ to claim a presidential nomination, and during his White House campaign of 1844, his opponents were fond of sneering, ‘Who is James Polk?’ Once he was in office, however, the question quickly lost its sarcastic bite. A diligent worker who abhorred the thought of time unprofitably spent, Polk set four goals for his presidency reducing tariffs, creating an independent treasury system, settling the Oregon boundary dispute with Great Britain, and acquiring California. None of the four objectives was easily reached, and gaining California meant going to war with Mexico. By his administration's close, however, all had been accomplished. Unfortunately, Polk's success came at great personal cost. A spent man., he died within four months of retiring to private life.” — National Portrait Gallery
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Photographed By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
4. James K. Polk Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 607 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on December 24, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on June 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 12, 2022