Presidential Election of 1844: Issues, Candidates & Summary


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Which man was president before James K. Polk?

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1. Which former president did James Polk overtake to receive the Democratic nomination in 1844?

2. Which political party nominated Henry Clay for the presidency in 1844?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 1844 presidential election was very important in the course of American history, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the event. You'll have to know about the election details as well as the candidates and the career of President James Polk.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In particular, you'll have to know about:

  • Campaign issues that James Polk ran on
  • Political party that nominated Henry Clay for the presidency in 1844
  • Office that Clay held at the time of the 1844 election
  • Third party that caused a split to help Polk win the presidency
  • Number of terms Polk served as president

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your knowledge of the time period to determine which war James Polk led America into during his presidency
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about Henry Clay
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the presidents preceding Polk

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled, Presidential Election of 1844: Issues, Candidates & Summary, details other objectives, like:

  • Learn about the politics of the election of 1844
  • Understand the historical context of the election
  • Know the lives and careers of the candidates