James K Polk quotes talk about the separation of Church and State, the presence of the government of America among other nations, and some of the issues he encountered as president. He believed that the United States of American was a blessed nation and often talked about God. He was known as a protégé of Andrew Jackson and strongly supported his policies. He won the government from John Tyler and made his mark in American politics. Below are a number of James K Polk quotes.
“General Taylor is, I have no doubt, a well-meaning old man. He is, however, uneducated, exceedingly ignorant of public affairs, and I should judge, of very ordinary capacity."
“When I observed a strong man approaching I generally took advantage of him by being a little quicker than he was and seizing him by the tip of the fingers, giving him a hearty shake, and thus preventing him from getting a full grip upon me."
“Under the benignant providence of Almighty God the representatives of the States and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good. The gratitude of the nation to the sovereign arbiter of all human events should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy. Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world."
“The Constitution itself, plainly written as it is, the safeguard of our federative compact, the offspring of concession and compromise, binding together in the bonds of peace and union this great and increasing family of free and independent States, will be the chart by which I shall be directed."
“Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression."
“The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government."
“No union exists between church and state, and perfect freedom of opinion is guaranteed to all sects and creeds."
“Although in our country the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a part only, but of the whole people of the United States."
“The Presidency is not a bed of roses."
“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. If he entrusts the details and smaller matters to subordinates constant errors will occur. I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates, and this makes my duties very great."
“The gratitude ... should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy."
“There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S."
“Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government."
“Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world."
“I cannot, whilst President of the United States, descend to enter into a newspaper controversy."
James K Polk Presidency
James K Polk was an American politician and the 11th President of the United Staes of America. He served from 1845 until 1849 before losing the presidency to Zachary Taylor. Prior to winning the presidential ticket, he was Tennesse governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives. During his presidency he gained more land for the U.S. after the Mexican-American War.
James K Polk Facts
John K Polk was known for his expansion of American territory accomplished after the war between Mexico and the U.S. His successor Zachary Taylor was very instrumental in the war against Mexico which would have increased his popularity. He was known to have called General Taylor an ignorant man, this however wasn’t enough to help him keep his seat. That statement can be found above among his many quotes.