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04/03/1845 Presidency of James K. Polk begins

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James K. Polk | 60-Second Presidents | PBS

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The Election of 1844 Explained

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From Sea to Shining Sea | The Life & Times of James K Polk

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America's Presidents - James K. Polk

Polk is often considered the last strong pre-Civil War president, having met during his four years in office every major domestic and foreign policy goal set during his campaign and the transition to his administration. Polk's presidency was influential in U.S. foreign policy, and it saw the last major expansions of the Contiguous United States.
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