“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

James K. Polk

James K. Polk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
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.
Location. 36° 9.816′ N, 86° 47.016′ 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. Edwin W. Craig (a few steps from this marker); War Memorial Auditorium (a few steps from this marker); Votes for Women (within shouting distance of this marker);
James K. Polk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 18, 2014
2. James K. Polk Marker
Lest We Forget: The Middle Passage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Davis of Tennessee (about 600 feet away); Tennessee State Capitol (about 600 feet away); Nashville Sit-Ins (about 600 feet away); Alvin C. York (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
James K. Polk image. Click for full size.
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
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 11, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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May. 26, 2020