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Who is this president?   

____ K. ____, the 11th President of the United States, never attended a school until he entered the University of North Carolina as a second-year student. Because of his ill health, he was educated at home. After he graduated from the University of North Carolina, he returned home to Tennessee to practice law. There he met and married Sarah Childress. During his presidency his wife was so influential, she was often called the "Presidentress!" ____ was a very difficult man to know or like. One of his few close friends was Andrew Jackson. Known for his integrity and his loyalty to Jacksonian principles, ____ was nominated for president in 1844. During his campaign he surprised many people by demanding the annexation of Texas and laying claim not only to Oregon but to land that went as far north as 54 40'. His campaign slogan was "Fifty-four forty or fight!" It was a close election and when ____ was inaugurated he was not yet 50 years old, the youngest man to become president thus far. His term as president was marked by large territorial gains. California, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming were all added during his term. His administration is credited with creating the Department of Interior, the United States Naval Academy, and authorizing the Smithsonian Institution. Although he accomplished much during his four years as president, his diary reflects an exhausted and disillusioned man ready to return to his home.

He was a hard man to know or like.

During the Mexican War General Zachary Taylor, the man who replaced him as president, openly defied him.

During his campaign, he demanded the annexation of Texas and laid claim to a large area of the northwest, including Oregon.

He died three months after he left the White House.

This president once said "No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure."

Who is this president?
     William Henry Harrison
     John Tyler
     John Quincy Adams
     John F. Kennedy
     William McKinley
     James Polk

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