President James K. Polk
Photo courtesy James K. Polk Home - Columbia, TN
- Birth. November 2, 1795, in Mecklenburg County,
Eldest son of the ten children of Samuel and
Jane Knox Polk.
Family moved to Maury County,
Tennessee in 1806.
- Married Sarah Childress on January 1, 1824
- Political career. State legislator, Representative to
Speaker of the House, Governor of
Elected 11th President in 1844. Retired
after one term and
returned to Tennessee. The
Polks moved into their newly
Polk Place, in downtown Nashville. in April 1849.
- Death. At 53 years. Friday, June 15, 1849, at Polk
Interment records state cause of death
At the time there was a Cholera
epidemic raging in Nashville.
- Burial. Saturday, June 16, 1849, in City Cemetery. On President Polk’s last birthday, November 2, 1848, he turned 53 years old. The Sexton at City Cemetery incorrectly listed his age as “64” in the Interment Book.
For more information on James K. and Sarah Childress Polk, visit websites:
- Re-Burial. May 22, 1850, on the grounds of Polk
The monument, designed by William
had been completed at the grave site.
- Death of Sarah Childress Polk, age 87, on August 14,
42 years after her husband. Burial Polk Place
- Re-location of graves, September 19, 1893, of
President & Mrs. Polk to the grounds of the
Tennessee State Capitol.
The monument was
also moved to their final resting place.
- Polk Place was sold in 1898 and razed in 1901.
James K. Polk. Death and Burial Sites
To learn more about the death and burial sites for James K. Polk,
- Interment Books of the City Cemetery state that
"President James K. Polk was buried on June 16, 1849." To follow see this entry, go to Interments on this website, and when you click on link to Nashville Public Library entries for the Interment Books, enter Polk to see full (and inaccurate in terms of age--he was actually 53 years old) information.
- Death at Polk Place. Burial at Nashville City Cemetery
Daily Union, June 18, 1849
- Procession for Re-Burial to Polk Place, American, May 23, 1850
- Re-Burial Ceremony at Polk Place,
Nashville Daily Gazette, May 23, 1850
- Re-Burial at Polk Place
Address by Bishop James H. Otey Daily Nashville Union, May 23, 1850
- Relocation of graves of President and Mrs. Polk
to Tennessee State Capitol grounds
Daily American, September 20, 1893
Prepared by Fletch Coke. 11-11-2009
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