James Knox Polk, The Two of Clubs
11th President of the United States, 1845—1849
Polk was a grey eyed, avid horseman. He was the first “dark-horse candidate” to win the presidency. He was a firm believer in “manifest destiny”, the notion that the U.S. had the right and duty to expand throughout the North American continent. His annexation of much of the west by force from Mexico is still controversial. A conscientious worker who condemned “time unprofitably spent” Polk wore himself out and died three months out of office.