Monday, February 21, 2011

Celebrating Presidents' Day: James K. Polk


Hon. Mr. Polk
Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
Since it's Presidents' Day, not Washington or Lincoln's birthday, I like to pick a different president every year. This year, James K. Polk (1795-1849; President, 1845-49) from the State of Tennessee is my selection

Now, in addition to his other numerous achievements, I'd like to point as as the Historical Polk fact for the day, that on August 10, 1846, President Polk signed the legislation that established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian.

The rest, as they say, was history ...

1 comment:

Mike Lichtenberg said...

IMO, any blog post about James K. Polk should include a link to a They Might Be Giants performance of their song "James K. Polk". Like this one, for example.