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James Polk's Twenty-five
Volume Diary

Presidential diary
James K. Polk (1795-1849)
Presidential diary
Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4
Manuscript Division
Gift of the Chicago
Historical Society in 1910 (27.10)

When James K. Polk was inaugurated president on March 4, 1845, the U.S. was on the verge of war with Mexico because of the U.S. annexation of Texas. His twenty-five volume diary represents one of the earliest efforts of a president to preserve a daily record of his presidency. This passage refers to Nathan Clifford, named attorney general by Polk in 1846, who arranged the Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo which ended the Mexican war in 1848.

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