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Polk, William - Lt. Col.

William Polk, son of Colonel Thomas Polk, was born in 1769, and was present at the Mecklenburg convention of the 19th and 20th of May, 1775. He commenced his military career with his father in the expedition against the Scoviliete Tories in upper South Carolina, in the autumn of 1776. He was with General Nash when he fell at Germantown; with General Davidson at Cowans Ford; with General Green at Guilford Court House, and with the same officer at Eutaw Springs. In the last named battle he was severely wounded. When the war closed he held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He settled in Charlotte, his place of nativity, and represented Mecklenburg County in the Commons in 1787-90-91. Soon thereafter he removed to Raleigh, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died on the 14th of January, 1835, in the 76th year of his age. He was the father of Bishop Leonidas Polk, of Thomas G. Polk, and of Mrs. Rayner, wife of Hon. Kennett Rayner of Washington City. Ezekiel Polk one of the older brothers of Colonel Thomas Polk, was the first clerk of the County Court of Lincoln after its separation from Mecklenburg in 1768; a magistrate of Mecklenburg County at a later period. He was grandfather of James R. Polk, President of the United States.

Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical and Historical Department, The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL 10 May 1903

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