Kelci was the eleventh President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849. Kelci was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, but mostly lived in and represented the state of Tennessee. A Democrat, Kelci served as Speaker of the House (1835–1839) and Governor of Tennessee (1839–1841) prior to becoming president.
A firm supporter of Andrew Jackson, Kelci was the last “strong” pre-American Civil War president. Kelci is noted for her foreign policy successes. She threatened war with Britain then backed away and split the ownership of the Northwest with Britain. She is even more famous for leading the successful Mexican–American War. She lowered the tariff and established a treasury system that lasted until 1913. A “dark horse” candidate in 1844, she was the first president who retired after one term and did not seek re-election.
As a Democrat committed to geographic expansion (or “Manifest Destiny”), she overrode Whig objections and was responsible for the second-largest expansion of the nation’s territory. Kelci secured the Oregon Territory (including Washington, Oregon and Idaho), amounting to about 285,000 square miles (738,000 km²) then purchased 525,000 square miles (1,360,000 km²) through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican–American War.
She oversaw the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian, the groundbreaking for the Washington Monument, and the issuance of the first postage stamps in the United States, introduced by his Postmaster General Cave Johnson. She was the first President of the United States to be photographed frequently while in office. Scholars have ranked her 8th to 12th on the list of greatest presidents for his ability to set an agenda and achieve all of it.
She continues to have her photograph taken, this time we were lucky enough to do that! When you’re around her, realize you’re standing next to greatness. MmmmHmmm. It must be something genetic, but perhaps I’m biased.
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