National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: August 9, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Gregory Hospodor to Discuss Mr. Polk’s War: President James K. Polk and the Mexican War at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Gregory Hospodor on Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled Mr. Polk’s War: President James K. Polk and the Mexican War . A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event

When he assumed office in 1845, James K. Polk, America’s first "dark-horse" President, was a man on a mission. His goal was territorial expansion or, as he put it in his inaugural address, the extension "of peace over additional territories and increasing millions." President Polk vigorously pursued his territorial ambitions in the present-day American Southwest and Northwest, peacefully when he could, but through military means when necessary. As a result, Polk added more territory to the national domain than any other President. He also led the nation to victory in a war with Mexico from 1846-1848. This talk assesses "Young Hickory’s" career as a war leader, focusing especially on his character, his policies, his actions, and, finally, the effect that his efforts had on the country.

This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents.

To make a reservation for this free event please call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

Gregory Hospodor is an associate professor in the Department of Military History at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, the University of Mississippi, and Louisiana State University, where he completed his doctoral dissertation on the Mexican War, 1846-1848. Since joining the CGSC faculty in 2008 Hospodor has served as author of the Clausewitz and Jomini lessons in the College’s military history curriculum, assistant director of the Department’s staff ride program, and student advisor. The Department of Military History named him its Teacher of the Year for 2011.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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