James K. Polk Ancestral Home
John Holtzapple led a tour of the James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, Tennessee. It is the only surviving home -- save the White House -- in which the eleventh president lived. He stayed there with his parents from 1818, practicing law and begning his political career in the state legislature, until his marriage in 1824. Before serving as president, James K. Polk served as speaker of the United States House of Representatives and as the governor of Tennessee. He was president from 1845 to 1849, and died of cholera just three months after leaving the presidency. The James K. Polk Ancestral Home displays original items from his years in Tennessee and Washington, D.C., including furniture, paintings, and White House china. Mr. Holtzapple responded to questions from members of the Presidents & Patriots Historical Tours group being led by historian Richard Norton Smith and accompanied by a C-SPAN video journalist on a 10-day tour. close
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