The Fighting Bishop
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Since: May 08
#1 Oct 11, 2012
"Acquiring both land and slaves in Tennessee through his marriage, Polk settled there and worked as a minister and planter. Although he had little church experience, the new pastor was quite charismatic and he rose quickly in the church hierarchy. In 1838, he was appointed the missionary bishop of the Southwest; three years later, he became the first Episcopal bishop of Louisiana. Although he failed as a planter, Polk was instrumental in founding the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., just before the Civil War began. Bishop Polk envisioned the college as a place where Southern students could study free from 'contaminating' Northern ideas.
"Polk was a dedicated secessionist who even withdrew his Louisiana diocese from the Episcopal Church during the secession crisis. After the formation of the Confederacy, he contacted his old friend Jefferson Davis and offered his services to the fledging nation. In June 1861, Davis appointed Polk a major general even though he had no practical military experience ..."
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