James K Polk Timeline

James K Polk Presidency Timeline
James K Polk was the 11th President of the United States who served in office from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849. What were the key events during his presidency? The James K Polk Presidency Timeline provides a fast, but detailed, overview of the important issues and key events with a brief explanation of each of the important events and the dates on which they occurred.

James K Polk Presidency Timeline
James K Polk Timeline covers the history, important accomplishments and key issues of his presidency from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849 that included:

The Texas Annexation, the Mexican War and Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
The Oregon Treaty
The California gold rush

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The following fact file format provides a fast overview of the James K Polk Presidency with a History Timeline of the important events and accomplishments of his presidency. James K Polk Presidency Timeline details the sequence of key historical events and accomplishments arranged in chronological order that had a significant impact on the history of the United States of America.

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1845 - His inauguration as 11th President of the United States on March 4, 1845

1845 - John Tyler had preempted James Polk by presenting the bill to annex Texas on March 1, 1845. Texans eventually approved of the bill which was signed by President Polk on December 29, 1845, accepting Texas as the 28th state of the Union. 

1845 - The US Naval Academy was opened at Annapolis, Maryland

1845 - Journalist John L. O'Sullivan first used the phrase 'Manifest Destiny' to describe the belief that American settlers were destined to expand across the North American continent -  referred to as Westward Expansion

1845 - The Great Irish Potato Famine led to the death of over 1 million people in Ireland the emigration of another million people from Ireland to the New World

1845 - December 29, 1845: Texas was admitted to the Union as a slave state

1846 - The Mormon migration to Utah when Brigham Young, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the first governor of the Utah Territory, led 148 Mormons to Utah to escape religious persecution

1846 - April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848: The Mexican-American War begins as Congress declares war following the attack by Mexican troops in disputed territory north of the Rio Grande

1846 - The Independent Treasury Act of August 1846, first initiated by Martin Van Buren, was finally passed establishing the system for retaining government funds in the United States Treasury and its sub-treasuries

1846 - The California Republic and the Bear Flag Revolt was led by Juan Alvarado and Isaac Graham, was a rebellion by American settlers in the Mexican territory of Alta California against Mexico and led to the acquisition of California.

1846 - The 1846 Oregon Treaty was signed by the US and Great Britain resolving the dispute over possession of the lands extending from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and establishing the 49th parallel

1846 - The Wilmot Proviso, 1846 over the question of whether the lands from Mexico and Oregon should be free soil or slave soil

1846 - The Walker Tariff of 1846 was implemented to stimulate trade reducing tariff rates from 32% to 25%

1846 - The Elias Howe Sewing Machine was invented

1846 - The Navajo conflicts (1846 - 1863) began in New Mexico and Arizona and eventually led to their forced occupancy of an uninviting reservation

1846 - The establishment of the independent US treasury

1846 - The Anti-Slavery Free Soil Party was created

1848 - Gold was discovered in California starting the California gold rush

1848 - A Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York

1848 - France abolishes slavery in its West Indies colonies

1848 - February 2, 1848: The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War giving the US control over California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and parts of Colorado and Wyoming.

1848 - The Cayuse War (1848–1855) erupted in the North western United States and saw the influx of disease and settlers to Oregon

1849 - The first conflicts of the Apache Wars (1849 -1924) erupted in the Southwest

1849 - His presidency and term in office ends. The next US President was Zachary Taylor

James K Polk Timeline of important Events

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James K Polk Presidency Timeline
The James K Polk Presidency Timeline detailed above provides interesting facts and important information about the 11th President of the United States.

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