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James Knox Polk

Data di nascita: 2. Novembre 1795
Data di morte: 15. Giugno 1849

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James Knox Polk è stato un politico statunitense, 11º presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America, in carica dal 1845 al 1849.

Il 14 febbraio 1849 egli, a New York, fu il primo presidente degli Stati Uniti a essere fotografato, anche se un'immagine di Andrew Jackson in tarda età era stata già realizzata attraverso il sistema della dagherrotipia.

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„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.“

— James K. Polk
Context: 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. While he executes the laws with an impartial hand, shrinks from no proper responsibility, and faithfully carries out in the executive department of the Government the principles and policy of those who have chosen him, he should not be unmindful that our fellow-citizens who have differed with him in opinion are entitled to the full and free exercise of their opinions and judgments, and that the rights of all are entitled to respect and regard. Inaugural Address (4 March 1845).

„No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.“

— James K. Polk
Context: 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. Diary entry (29 December 1848).

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„By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.“

— James K. Polk
Context: By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. Inaugural Address (4 March 1845)

„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.“

— James K. Polk
Context: 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. Diary entry (29 December 1848).

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„I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.“

— James K. Polk
Last words, spoken to his wife (15 June 1849); as quoted in Famous Last Words: The Ultimate Collection of Finales and Farewells (2004) by Laura Ward.

„It becomes us, in humility, to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored.“

— James K. Polk
First Annual Message to Congress (2 December 1845) http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(sj0374)):.

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