Season 2, Episode 11-James Polk and Columbia

S2 E12 Zachary Taylor and Louisville Visiting the Presidents

Tracking down Ol' Rough and Ready, Zachary Taylor, 12th President, and his homes in locations like Louisville, Baton Rouge, and along the Mississippi River! Learn about Zachary's military career and turn to politics, his brief administration, his wife, Peggy, and children, as well as what happened to his homes! Check out the website at for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Zachary Taylor Episode-"Zachary Taylor and Montebello"Support the show
  1. S2 E12 Zachary Taylor and Louisville
  2. S2 E11 James Polk and Columbia
  3. S2 E10 John Tyler and Sherwood Forest
  4. S2 E9 William Henry Harrison and Grouseland
  5. S2 E8 Martin Van Buren and Lindenwald

Learn about James Polk, maybe the hardest working, and certainly one of the most complex, Presidents. Hear about his unorthodox rise to the Presidency, his election and term, his dedicated wife, Sarah, and, of course, his home(s)!

Be sure to check out James Polk’s “Visiting the Presidents” Episode from Season 1, “James Polk and Pineville”!

President James K Polk Home and Museum official site.

James Polk Home tour from CSPAN.

James Polk Home from Conde Nast Traveler.

“Comfort in My Retirement” on James Polk and Polk’s Place from White House Historical Association.

“The Enslaved Households of President James Polk” from White House Historical Association.

From My May 2021 Visit!

Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee.
President Lyndon Johnson visiting the Polk Home.

James Polk Home, 301 W 7th St, Columbia, Tennessee.

Recommended Reading for James Polk

Walter Borneman, Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America.
Robert Merry, A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent.
Eugene Irving McCormac, James Polk: A Political Biography to the Prelude to War, 1795-1845.
Eugene Irving McCormac, James Polk: A Political Biography to the End of a Career, 1845-1849.

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I'm a Professor of History at Central Arizona College and someone who loves history and travel; my new blog will combine those interests!

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