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James Knox Polk

(1795–1849) US Democratic statesman, 11th President of the USA (1845–49). His term of office resulted in major territorial additions to the USA: Texas was admitted to the Union ...

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..., James Knox ( 1795–1849 ) 11th US president ( 1845–49 ). During his administration, California and New Mexico were acquired as a result of the US victory in the Mexican War ( 1846–48 ), which Polk's aggressive policy had largely provoked. He also gained Oregon through the Oregon Treaty ( 1846 ). Other policy goals that he achieved included reduction of the tariff and restoration of an independent...