POLK, William Hawkins, (brother of James Knox Polk),
a Representative from Tennessee; born in Maury County, Tenn., May 24, 1815;
attended the city schools, Columbia, Tenn., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1832
and 1833; was graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; studied law; was admitted
to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Columbia, Tenn.; member of the State house of
representatives 1842-1845; Minister to the Kingdom of Naples and served from March 13, 1845, to
August 31, 1847; served as major of the Third Dragoons in the Mexican War in 1847 and 1848;
elected as an Independent Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853);
resumed the practice of law; died in Nashville, Tenn., December 16, 1862; interment in Greenwood
Cemetery, Columbia, Tenn.
BibliographyBergeron, Paul H. My Brothers Keeper: William H.
Polk Goes to School. North Carolina Historical Review 44 (Spring 1967):