James G. Polk

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James Gould Polk
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Leaving White House, March 7, 1938.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1941
Preceded by Charles Cyrus Kearns
Succeeded by Jacob E. Davis
In office
January 3, 1949 – April 28, 1959
Preceded by Edward Oscar McCowen
Succeeded by Ward Miller
Personal details
Born (1896-10-06)October 6, 1896
Highland County, Ohio
Died April 28, 1959(1959-04-28) (aged 62)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Highland Cemetery, Highland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Ohio State University

James Gould Polk (October 6, 1896 – April 28, 1959) was a prominent U.S. politician of the Democratic Party during the middle of the 20th century.

A native of Highland County, Ohio, Polk grew up on a farm and graduated from high school in New Vienna, Ohio. He did not serve during World War I because of a physical disability, and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1919.

Polk worked as a school administrator in small towns in Ohio during the 1920s, and was first elected to office in 1930, as a U.S. Congressman from Ohio's 6th District. He won five elections in a row before stepping down in 1941.

During World War II, Polk worked as a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

After the war, Polk re-entered politics, and won back his old Congressional seat in the 1948 election. He remained in Congress until his death.

Polk's remains are buried in Highland Cemetery in Highland, Ohio.