Samuel Polk

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Samuel Polk
Bornc. 1768
DiedDecember 3, 1827 (age 58-59)
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery,[1] Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.
ResidenceJames K. Polk Ancestral Home,[2] Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationSurveyor
ChildrenJames K. Polk
William Hawkins Polk

Samuel Polk (c. 1768 – December 3, 1827) was an American surveyor, slave owner, and the father of U.S. President James K. Polk.[3] His slaves included Elias Polk.[4]

Polk married Jane Knox on Christmas Day 1794.[5] Their first child, James, was born in November of the following year.[5] Though Polk consented to naming the child after his father-in-law, he opposed having James baptized as Presbyterian, as he himself would have to admit his faith.[5] During their marriage, the couple participated in debates with neighbors regarding the future of the United States, with the discussions often being held in front of James.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Polk's Mother". The Daily American. Nashville, Tennessee. July 20, 1884. p. 3. Retrieved June 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)).
  2. ^ Murphey, Josephine (October 28, 1951). "A National Shrine". The Tennessean. pp. 79–80. Retrieved June 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)).
  3. ^ "Died". The Raleigh Register. December 14, 1827. p. 3. Retrieved June 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)).
  4. ^ Kinslow, Zacharie W. "Enslaved and Entrenched: The Complex Life of Elias Polk". White House Historical Association. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Gullan, Harold I. (2001). Faith of Our Mothers: The Stories of Presidential Mothers from Mary Washington to Barbara Bush. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0802849267.
  6. ^ Gullan, Harold I. (2001). Faith of Our Mothers: The Stories of Presidential Mothers from Mary Washington to Barbara Bush. p. 68. ISBN 978-0802849267.