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Chapel Hill History: Polk Place

On May 31, 1847, President James K. Polk arrived in Chapel Hill, the first sitting president to visit the town. Polk was already quite familiar with Chapel Hill. He was born in Mecklenburg County and graduated from UNC in 1818. As a student, he “made an impression less by native intelligence than by the way he applied himself,” according to historian William E. Leuchtenburg. It was a trait that he continued to exhibit as president. (Chapel Hill Magazine)


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