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Tennessee Legislature passes measure to move Polk's body ... again

Associated Press • Apr 10, 2018 at 3:28 PM

NASHVILLE — A controversial resolution urging that the body of former president James K. Polk be dug up and moved to a fourth resting place has passed in the Tennessee Legislature after it was killed off last month.

The Tennessee House approved the measure on Monday evening after impassioned debate in the Republican-led chamber about moving the nation’s 11th president yet again.

Polk died of cholera in 1849, months after leaving the White House. His body is now on the grounds of the Tennessee Capitol, along with that of his wife, Sarah. The resolution would allow the remains to be moved to the Polk museum in Columbia, about 50 miles away.

The state Historic Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a court would have to approve moving the bodies.

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