House to Vote on Polk Home Preservation Bill

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Washington, D.C. – (WDEF) – The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ legislation to study the feasibility of placing the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, under National Park Service (NPS) protection.

The Interior Department study would be a major step towards supporting the local charity that maintains the property, where the eleventh U.S. president lived as a young man, while beginning his political career.

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In the House, Rep. Blackburn is a co-sponsor of the James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander sponsored companion legislation in the Senate.

“We’re all so proud of our rich Tennessee history and want future generations to share our enthusiasm for President Polk and great Tennesseans who shaped the United States with hard work, patriotism and perseverance,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

Photo Credit: Polk Association Photographer, James K. Polk Presidential Museum