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William H. Polk Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1977

This collection consists of a single letter written by William H. Polk on 17 May 1843 regarding the prospects of his party in the upcoming election. The letter, which is marked private, was written from Columbia. In it, Polk discusses the results of canvassing in Western and Middle Tennessee. He predicts that his party will gain three to seven members in the Legislature in the western counties and surpass the Whig Party in Middle Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1843 May 17

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a single letter written by William H. Polk on 17 May 1843 regarding the prospects of his party in the upcoming election. The letter, which is marked private, was written from Columbia. In it, Polk discusses the results of canvassing in Western and Middle Tennessee. He predicts that his party will gain three to seven members in the Legislature in the western counties and surpass the Whig Party in Middle Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Hawkins Polk (brother of President James K. Polk) was born to Samuel and Jane (Knox) Polk in Maury County, Tennessee, on May 24, 1815. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1832-1833) and later graduated from the University of Tennessee. He was admitted to the Bar in 1839 and began practicing law in Columbia, Tennessee. He later became involved in politics, serving in the Tennessee State House of Representatives (1842-1845), as Minister to the Kingdom of Naples (1845-1847) and in the U. S. House of Representatives (1851-1853). He died on December 16, 1862 in Nashville, Tennessee and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections on February 11, 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480