POLK, James Knox, 1795-1849


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Appleton, John. North for Union: John Appleton’s Journal of a Tour to New England Made by President Polk in June and July 1847. Edited by Wayne Cutler. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1986.

Bassett, John Spencer. The Southern Plantation Overseer As Revealed in His Letters. 1925. Reprint, New York: Negro Universities Press, 1968.

___., ed. “James K. Polk and His Constituents, 1831-1832." American Historical Review 28 (1922): 69-77.

Bergeron, Paul H. “James K. Polk and the Jacksonian Press in Tennessee." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 41 (Fall 1982): 257-77.

___. The Presidency of James K. Polk. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1987.

Borneman, Walter F. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America. New York: Random House, 2008.

Byrnes, Mark E. James K. Polk: A Biographical Companion. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Clarkson, Joseph G., and Francis Wade Hughes. Report of the discussion at Pottsville, August 10, 1844, between J.G. Clarkson and F.W. Hughes, on the course of Henry Clay & James K. Polk, relative to the protective system, etc. Philadelphia: N.p., 1844.

Cooper, William Ross. The Ancestral Family Lineage of James Knox Polk, President of the United States of America. Hickman Mills, Mo.: N.p., 1941.

Duisberre, William. Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Farrell, John J., ed. James K. Polk, 1795-1849: Chronology, Documents, Bibliographical Aids. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Ocrana Publications, 1970.

Foote, Henry Stuart. Eulogy upon the life and character of James K. Polk. Washington: T. Ritchie, printer, 1849.

Garrett, Samuel B. An oration on the life, character and public services of the late President James K. Polk. Lawrenceburg, Tenn.: Printed at the “Middle Tennessean" office, 1849.

Gerson, Noel Bertram. The Slender Need. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1965.

Grant, Clement L., ed. “The Politics behind a Presidential Nomination as Shown in Letters from Cave Johnson to James K. Polk." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 12 (June 1953): 152-81.

Greenblatt, Miriam. James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States. Ada, Okla.: Garrett Educational Corp., 1988.

Haynes, Sam W. James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse. Edited by Oscar Handlin. New York: Longman, 1997. Reprint, Upper Saddle, N.J.: Pearson Longman 2001.

Hickman, George H. The Life and Public Services of the Hon. James Knox Polk, with a compendium of his speeches on various public measures. Baltimore: N. Hickman, 1844.

Hoyt, Edwin Palmer. James Knox Polk. Chicago: Reilly and Lee Company, 1965.

Jenkins, John Stilwell. James Knox Polk, and a history of his administration. Auburn and Buffalo, N.Y.: J. E. Beardsley, 1850. Reprint, Auburn, N.Y.: J.M. Alden, 1851.

Leonard, Thomas M. James K. Polk: A Clear and Unquestionable Destiny. Wilmington, Del.: S.R. Books, 2001.

Lillegard, Dee. James K. Polk, Eleventh President of the United States. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1988.

Lomask, Milton. This Slender Reed: A Life of James K. Polk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966.

McCormac, Eugene Irving. James K. Polk: A Political Biography. 1922. Reprint, New York: Russell and Russell, 1965.

McCoy, Charles Allan. Polk and the Presidency. 1960. Reprint, New York: Haskell House Publishers, 1973.

Merry, Robert W. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.

Moore, Powell. “James K. Polk and Tennessee Politics, 1839-1841." East Tennessee Historical Society’s Publications 9 (1937): 31-52.

___. “James K. Polk: Tennessee Politician." Journal of Southern History 17 (November 1951): 493-516.

Morrel, Martha McBride. “Young Hickory”: The Life and Times of President James K. Polk. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1949.

Nelson, Anna Kasten. Secret Agents: President Polk and the Search for Peace with Mexico. New York: Garland, 1988.

Pillow, Gideon J[ohnson]. Letters of Gideon J. Pillow to James K. Polk. [New York: N.p., 1906].

Polk, James Knox. Address of James K. Polk. Columbia, Tenn.: J. H. Thompson, pr, 1839.

___. Address of James K. Polk, to the People of Tennessee. Nashville: N.p., 1841.

___. Answers of ex-Gov. Polk. Memphis: Printed at the “Appeal" office, 1843.

___. Correspondence of James K. Polk. Edited by Herbert Weaver. 9 vols. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1969 .

___. The Diary of James K. Polk during his Presidency, 1845 to 1849. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Chicago: Published for the Chicago Historical Society by A. C. McClurg and Company, 1910.

___. James K. Polk and his constituents, 1831-1832. [New York: N.p., 1922].

___. Letters of James K. Polk to Cave Johnson, 1833-1848. Nashville: N.p., 1915.

___. Mensaje del Presidente de los Estados-Unidos al vigesimonono Congreso de aquella republica: leido en el Capitolio de Washington, el dia 2 de diciembre de 1845. Guatemala: Imprenta del gobierno, 1846.

___. Polk: The Diary of a President, 1845-1849, covering the Mexican war, the acquisition of Oregon, and the conquest of California and the Southwest.Edited by Allan Nevins. 1929. Reprint, London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1952.

___. Speech of Mr. Polk, of Tennessee, in the House of Representatives of the United States, on the Bill regulating the deposits of the public moneys in certain local banks. Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives, 1835.

___. Speech of Mr. Polk, on the proposition to amend the Constitution of the United States, respecting the election of president and vice president. Delivered at the House of Representatives, March 13, 1826. Washington: N.p., 1826.

___. Speech of the Hon. James K. Polk, delivered at a public dinner at Mooresville, Maury County, Tennessee, on the 22d. day of October, 1835. Nashville: N.p., 1835.

___. Speech of the Hon. James K. Polk, of Tennessee, on his motion to recommit to the Committee on Ways and Means the Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the removal of the Deposits. Washington: Printed by W. Green, 1834.

Pukl, Joseph M. “James K. Polk’s Congressional Campaigns, 1829-1833." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 40 (Winter 1981): 348-65.

___. “James K. Polk’s Early Congressional Campaigns of 1825 and 1827." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 39 (Winter 1980): 440-58.

Polk, James Knox, and Wayne Cutler, Robert G. Hall, and Jayne C. Defiore, eds. Correspondence of James K. Polk: September-December 1844. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1993.

Reeves, Jesse Siddall, ed. Letters of Gideon J. Pillow to James K. Polk. New York: N.p., 1906.

Santovenia y Echaide, Emeterio Santiago. El presidente Polk y Cuba. Academia de la historia de Cuba, Havana. La Habana: Imprenta “El Siglo XX," A. Muniz y hno, 1935. Reprint, La Habana: Imprenta “El Siglo XX," A. Muniz y hno, 1936.

Schoenbeck, Henry F. “The Economic Views of James K. Polk As Expressed in the Course of His Political Career." Ph.D. diss., University of Nebraska, 1951.

Sellers, Charles G., Jr. James K. Polk. 2 vols. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957-1966.

___. “James K. Polk’s Political Apprenticeship." East Tennessee Historical Society’s Publications 25 (1953): 37-53.

Severn, William. Frontier President. New York: I. Washburn, 1965.

Stoddard, William Osborn. William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and James Knox Polk. New York: F.A. Stokes & brother, 1888.

A Tennesseean. [pseud.]. A letter on the subject of the Vice Presidency, in favor of the claims of Jas. K. Polk, of Tennessee, to the nomination of he Democratic National Convention. Washington: Printed at the Globe office, 1844.

Van der Linden, Frank. Dark Horse. San Antonio, Tex.: The Naylor Company, 1944.

Wise, Henry Alexander. Opinions of Hon. Henry A. Wise, upon the conduct and character of James K. Polk, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, with other “Democratic" illustrations. Washington: N.p., 1840.