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Polk, James K. and Sarah Monument

Polk, James K. and Sarah Cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee

NW-18: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN. 
ON THE GROUNDS OF THE TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL
 
President James K. Polk was first buried at the Nashville City Cemetery and later re-interred on the lawn of his home Polk Place,  under the monument designed by the architect William Strickland.   Mr. Strickland was living in Nashville while he was in charge of the construction of the Tennessee State Capitol.  His widow, Sarah Childress Polk, died in 1891, and was buried at Polk Place.  Two years later, the remains of President and Mrs. Polk and the monument were relocated to the grounds of the State Capitol.
 
Top of the Polk Monument.
JAMES KNOX POLK  PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. BORN NOV. 2, 1795 DIED JUNE 15, 1849
 
Side 1 of the Polk Monument
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
JAMES KNOX POLK
ARE RESTING IN THE VAULT BENEATH.
HE WAS BORN IN MECKLENBERG COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA
AND EMIGRATED WITH HIS FATHER
SAMUEL POLK TO TENNESSEE
IN 1806
THE BEAUTY OF VIRTUE
WAS ILLUSTRATED IN HIS LIFE:
THE EXCELLENCE OF CHRISTIANITY
WAS EXEMPLIFIED IN HIS DEATH
 
SARAH CHILDRESS POLK
WIFE OF JAMES K. POLK
1803 – 1891
 
Side 2 of the Polk Monument
“ASLEEP IN JESUS”
SARAH CHILDRESS POLK
WIFE OF
JAMES K. POLK
BORN IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENN.
SEPT. 4, 1803
DIED AT POLK PLACE, NASHVILLE, TENN.
AUG. 14, 1891
A NOBLE WOMAN, A DEVOTED WIFE, A TRUE
FRIEND, A SINCERE CHRISTIAN.
“BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD”
 
Side 3 of the Polk Monument
HIS LIFE WAS DEVOTED TO
THE PUBLIC SERVICE. HE WAS ELE-
VATED SUCCESSIVELY TO THE FIRST
PLACES IN THE STATE AND FEDERAL
GOVERNMENTS, A MEMBER OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND
CHAIRMAN OF THE M OST IMPORTANT
CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES
GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE AND
PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES.
 
Marble Slab over the grave vaults
BY HIS PUBLIC POLICY HE DEFINED,
ESTABLISHED AND EXTENDED THE
BOUNDARIES OF HIS COUNTRY.
HE PLANTED THE LAWS OF THE
AMERICAN UNION
ON THE SHORES OF THE PACIFIC.
HIS INFLUENCE AND HIS COUNSELS
UNITED TO ORGANIZE THE
NATIONAL TREASURY
ON THE PRINCIPLES OF THE
CONSTITUTION,
AND TO APPLY THE RULE OF
FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION
TRADE AND
INDUSTRY.
 
SITE SURVEYED APRIL 18, 2003
 
Report. 3-19-2004
 
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