K. Polk) 获选为美国第11任总统
当詹姆斯．波尔克接受民主党的提名，成为总统候选人时，许多人对他还相当的陌生。反对党「辉格」 (Whig) 就曾拿这点来作文章：「谁是詹姆斯．波尔克呀？」但是波尔克是一个经验丰富的演说家，他卖力的参与竞选，并且在1844年11月5日赢得总统选举，让许多人都跌破眼镜。他被称为是「黑马」候选人，因为一般人都不预期他会击败他的对手：辉格党的亨利．克雷 (Henry
When James K. Polk accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency, he was not very well known. The Whig opposition party played on his obscurity, sniping, "Who is James K. Polk?" An experienced speaker, Polk surprised everyone when he campaigned vigorously and won the presidency on November 5, 1844. He was called a "dark horse" candidate because he was not expected to beat his opponent, Henry Clay of the Whig Party, to become the 11th president of the United States.