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Speaker of the House of Representatives (Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses); Polk did not seek renomination to congress in 1838, having become a candidate for governor. He won and served as governor of Tennessee 1839-1841, and later was elected as a Democrat as President of the United States in 1844. Inaugurated on March 4, 1845, he served one term until March 3, 1849 and declined to be a candidate for renomination. Polk died in Nashville on June 15, 1849 and interred within the grounds of the state capitol.

Speaker of the House of Representatives (Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses); Polk did not seek renomination to congress in 1838, having become a candidate for governor. He won and served as governor of Tennessee 1839-1841, and later was elected as a Democrat as President of the United States in 1844. Inaugurated on March 4, 1845, he served one term until March 3, 1849 and declined to be a candidate for renomination. Polk died in Nashville on June 15, 1849 and interred within the grounds of the state capitol.