The eleventh president of the United States, James K. Polk, was born in Pineville in 1795. Polk's father, Samuel, believed in free religious thought and did not prescribe to organized religion. At the insistence of his wife, however, Samuel took Polk to be baptized. Because Samuel refused to affirm his religious faith during the ceremony, Reverend James Wallis refused to baptize the baby. Polk never joined a church and was not baptized until 1849 by a friend who was a Methodist minister.