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 William Hawkins Polk

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William Hawkins Polk

Birth
Maury County, Tennessee, USA
Death 16 Dec 1862 (aged 47)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 13252440 View Source
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US Congressman. Born in Maury County, Tennessee, he was the brother of US President James Knox Polk. After attending University of North Carolina (1832-33), he graduated from the University of Tennessee, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced to practice law in Columbia, Tennessee. He was a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives (1842-45), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples (1845-47) and served as a Major in the 3rd Regiment Dragoons, US Army, in the Mexican American War, (1847-48). In 1851, he was elected as an Independent Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress, serving until 1853. After his term, he resumed the practice of law and died of a sudden illness at age 47.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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