How Did James K Polk Die ?
As the 11th president of the United States, John Polk was the youngest president who had died after the end of the presidential term. During his term, he restored the Independent Treasury system, tariffs were reduced, and acquired different lands. The lands that he acquired were Oregon Country, New Mexico, Mexico, and California. All these were attained within four years. For these deeds, he was called “Young Hickory” and “The Napoleon of the Stump.”
One of the reasons for his bad health could be his stay as the President. The many activities, and different political warfare took its toll, resulting to his slow weakness. He was very energetic and active to serve his term when he took his oath. Compared to this, the term weakened him physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Public service had exhausted him. Weight loss, poor body health, and weakness were some of the observation made after he left the office. Dark circles and deep facial lines were also evident.
His death was said to be caused by cholera. This sickness was at that time rampant in the south. The opportunity to contract the sickness at that period was high. It is believed that he contracted cholera during his visit in the southern area.
On June 15, 1849, he died in his new home in Polk Place, Nashville. This was only three months after he left office. Most of his lands were left in the care of his wife, Sarah Polk, with a death wish of freeing their slaves after she died. It is in the grounds of Polk Place that he was buried.
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