President in California Gold Rush!?

For a job interveiw I need to know who the president was at the time of the California Gold Rush.

Can't find it, so please helpp.


Katrina Malco.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    President James Polk

    The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began in January 1848, when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill. As news of the discovery spread, some 300,000 people came to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.

    These early gold-seekers, called "forty-niners", traveled to California by sailing ship and in covered wagons across the continent, often facing substantial hardships on the trip. While most of the newly-arrived were Americans, the Gold Rush also attracted tens of thousands from Latin America, Europe, Australia and Asia. At first, the prospectors retrieved the gold from streams and riverbeds using simple techniques, such as panning, and later developed more sophisticated methods of gold recovery which were adopted around the world. Gold worth billions of today's dollars was recovered, leading to great wealth for a few; many, however, returned home with little more than they started with.

    The effects of the Gold Rush were substantial. San Francisco grew from a tiny hamlet of tents to a boomtown, and roads, churches, schools and other towns were built. A system of laws and a government were created, leading to the admission of California as a state in 1850. New methods of transportation developed as steamships came into regular service and railroads were built. The business of agriculture, California's next major growth field, was started on a wide scale throughout the state. However, the Gold Rush also had negative effects: Native Americans were attacked and pushed off traditional lands, and gold mining caused environmental harm.

    On August 19, 1848, the New York Herald was the first major newspaper on the East Coast to report that there was a gold rush in California; on December 5, President James Polk confirmed the discovery of gold in an address to Congress.[6] Soon, waves of immigrants from around the world, later called the "forty-niners," invaded the Gold Country of California or "Mother Lode."

  • 1 decade ago

    The California Gold Rush began in January 1848 with Polk as President and continued intothe Taylor and Fillmore's presidencies.

  • 1 decade ago

    James Polk was 1845-49

    Zacharay Taylor 1849-50

    Millard Fillmore 1850-53

    Gold was struck at Sutter's mill in CA in 1849, and started the next few years gold rush. Tricky question - hope you get the job!

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