James polk inaugural address. JAMES KNOX POLK, INAUGURAL ADDRESS TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1845 2019-01-09

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The Avalon Project : Inaugural Address of James Knox Polk

james polk inaugural address

If the greatness of a presidency is judged by the magnitude by which they fulfill their goals, the presidential administration of James Polk was great indeed. Equal and exact justice should characterize all our intercourse with foreign countries. Beneath its benign sway peace and prosperity prevail. A bill to organize the territory of Oregon, with the proviso attached, passed by the latter body, was not acted upon by the senate. He would stop the progress of free government and involve his country either in anarchy or despotism. We need no national banks or other extraneous institutions planted around the Government to control or strengthen it in opposition to the will of its authors. The country was divided over the issue of the expansion of slavery.

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James K. Polk is inaugurated as the 11th president of the United States

james polk inaugural address

It may well be doubted whether it would not be in greater danger of overthrow if our present population were confined to the comparatively narrow limits of the original thirteen States than it is now that they are sparsely settled over a more expanded territory. Since the Union was formed the number of the States has increased from thirteen to twenty-eight; two of these have taken their position as members of the Confederacy within the last week. Nor will it become in a less degree my duty to assert and maintain by all constitutional means the right of the United States to that portion of our territory which lies beyond the Rocky Mountains. Marcy, ex-governor of New York, was confided the war portfolio; literature was honored in the appointment of George Bancroft as secretary of the navy ; Cave Johnson, an honored son of Tennessee, was made postmaster-general; and John Y. Clay that a Union all slave or all free was an impossible Utopia, and that there was no good reason why the north and the south should not continue to live for many years to come as they had lived since the adoption of the constitution. A national debt has become almost an institution of European monarchies. If he say that error and wrong are committed in the administration of the Government, let him remember that nothing human can be perfect, and that under no other system of government revealed by Heaven or devised by man has reason been allowed so free and broad a scope to combat error.

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The Avalon Project : INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF JAMES KNOX POLK

james polk inaugural address

The largest portion of our people are agriculturists. Some of the questions on which he was called upon to act are still, nearly forty years after his death, party issues. All are equally entitled to the fostering care and protection of the Government. George McDuffle, leader of the opposition, bore testimony in his concluding remarks to the boldness and manliness with which Mr. A national debt has become almost an institution of European monarchies. To effect objects so dear to every patriot I shall devote myself with anxious solicitude.

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President James K. Polk

james polk inaugural address

He had remarkable skills which he applied in office. Intent on also acquiring California, which belonged to Mexico, Polk was prepared in early May 1846 to make war on Mexico. Our Union is a confederation of independent States, whose policy is peace with each other and all the world. Under a wise policy the debts contracted in our Revolution and during the War of 1812 have been happily extinguished. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression.

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President James K. Polk's Inaugural Address, 1845

james polk inaugural address

The world beholds the peaceful triumphs of the industry of our emigrants. What that cession meant in increased wealth it is perhaps even yet too soon to compute. At least as far as that portion of the list is concerned, he did indeed meet his every goal. Polk was elected president in 1844, the United States was locked in a bitter diplomatic struggle with Britain over the rich lands of the. They have confederated together for certain specified objects. The authority of the general government to make internal improvements within the states was thoroughly examined, and reference was made to the corruptions of the system that expended money in particular sections, leaving other parts of the country without government assistance. The title of numerous Indian tribes to vast tracts of country has been extinguished; new States have been admitted into the Union; new Territories have been created and our jurisdiction and laws extended over them.

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1845

james polk inaugural address

. However, neither Polk nor Great Britain wanted war. All distinctions of birth or of rank have been abolished. In exercising a sound discretion in levying discriminating duties within the limit prescribed, care should be taken that it be done in a manner not to benefit the wealthy few at the expense of the toiling millions by taxing lowest the luxuries of life, or articles of superior quality and high price, which can only be consumed by the wealthy, and highest the necessaries of life, or articles of coarse quality and low price, which the poor and great mass of our people must consume. It leaves individuals, over whom it casts its protecting influence, entirely free to improve their own condition by the legitimate exercise of all their mental and physical powers.

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U.S. History

james polk inaugural address

Explain your answer in a well-constructed essay that includes specific details in support of your position. Equal and exact justice should characterize all our intercourse with foreign countries. In making discriminations all our home interests should as far as practicable be equally protected. Fellow-Citizens: Without solicitation on my part, I have been chosen by the free and voluntary suffrages of my countrymen to the most honorable and most responsible office on earth. 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. With these views of the nature, character, and objects of the Government and the value of the Union, I shall steadily oppose the creation of those institutions and systems which in their nature tend to pervert it from its legitimate purposes and make it the instrument of sections, classes, and individuals.

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James K. Polk

james polk inaugural address

As it was also found that they were inflexibly opposed to Messrs. Due to the increasing strength of the Whig Party within the state, his political career was frustrated for the next several years. Is there one who would not prefer an unrestricted communication with her citizens to the frontier obstructions which must occur if she remains out of the Union? Van Buren could not secure the necessary two-third vote, his friends numbered more than one third of the delegates present, and were thus in a position to dictate the name of the successful candidate. Beneath its benign sway peace and prosperity prevail. No union exists between church and state, and perfect freedom of opinion is guaranteed to all sects and creeds. Such a system is incompatible with the ends for which our republican Government was instituted. I congratulate my fellow-citizens on the entire restoration of the credit of the General Government of the Union and that of many of the States.

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