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Making home of President Polk a NHS among park-related bills before Congress

James Polk's name doesn't often come up when the question of who were the most famous presidents is raised. But a congressman from Tennessee believes Polk, the country's 11th president, is deserving of a National Park System unit.

Some might say Polk was an over-achiever, actually. He promised to serve just one term, and that's what he did. But during those four years he not only led the United States into war against Mexico, but he worked out a deal with the British that put Oregon into American hands, reformed the banking system, and, as a result of that war with Mexico, obtained California and much of the Southwest for the country.


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