- James G. Polk
James Gould Polk (
October 6, 1896– April 28, 1959) was a prominent U.S. politician of the Democratic Party during the middle of the 20th century.
A native of
Highland County, Ohio, Polk grew up on a farm and graduated from high school in New Vienna, Ohio. He did not serve during World War Ibecause of a physical disability, and graduated from Ohio State Universityin 1919.
Polk worked as a school administrator in small towns in Ohio during the 1920s, and was first elected to office in 1930, as a U.S. Congressman from Ohio's 6th District. He won five elections in a row before stepping down in 1941.
World War II, Polk worked as a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Agriculturein Washington, D.C.
After the war, Polk re-entered politics, and won back his old Congressional seat in the 1948 election. He remained in Congress until his death.
Polk's remains are buried in Highland Cemetery in
* [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000408 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: POLK, James Gould]
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