Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions about Polk County Research

Q. Many books, including A guide to County Records on microfilm, published by the Missouri Secretary of State, Cite James Knox Polk, as the person Polk Co. was named for, where do you get Ezekial Polk from?

A. The Polk County Historama, published by the Historical Society of Polk County, said this about the naming of Polk County...
'When it was deemed advisable to create another county out of the northern part of Greene, the Campbells requested that the new county be named Polk, for the family of their grandfather back in Tennessee, Ezekial Polk. He had another grandson, James K. Polk, at that time Speaker of the Lower House of Congress, and who later became president of the United States'

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