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 died of cancer on April 28, 1959 in Washington, D.C.[1] His remains are buried in Highland Cemetery in Highland, Ohio.

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  1. ^ "Rep. J. G. Polk, Ill Two Years, Dies at Age 62". Chicago Tribune. April 29, 1959. 


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles C. Kearns
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jacob E. Davis
Preceded by
Edward O. McCowen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ward Miller