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 Thomas Polk

Thomas Polk

Birth
Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Jun 1794 (aged 63–64)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Plot 129
Memorial ID 9190 · View Source
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American Revolutionary War Military, Political Figure. Born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, he moved to North Carolina, in 1853 and participated in the War of Sugar Creek, when local settlers took up arms against large private landholders who were speculating on real estate in the area. In 1775, with the support of his fellow settlers, he founded Charlotte, North Carolina and signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. During the American Revolutionary War, he served as a Colonel in command of the 4th North Carolina Regiment of Continental Line at the Battle of Brandywine. In 1780, he accepted a commission as General of purchases for both the State of North Carolina and the Continental Army. After the war, he returned to North Carolina, was elected to the North Carolina Council of State, serving (1783-84) and was elected as a delegate to the Third Continental Congress in 1786, but did not attend any of that Congress' sessions. Polk's home accommodated President George Washington during his tour of the southern states, in 1791. He died at the age of 62 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was also the great uncle of the 11th US President James K. Polk.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 30 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9190
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Polk (1730–26 Jun 1794), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9190, citing Old Settlers Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .