Franklin Pierce

14th US President Franklin Pierce Full Name: Franklin Pierce
Nationality: American

Profession: 14th US President
Political Party: Democratic
Political Titles: United States Senator from New Hampshire, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's at-large district

Presidential Term: March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1857
Preceded By: Millard Fillmore
Succeeded By: James Buchanan

Why Famous: 14th President of the United States (1853–1857), whose inability to calm national tensions over slavery hastened the eventual outbreak of the Civil War. Genial and well-spoken, he was a northern, pro-slavery Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the nation.

While he desired to preserve the Union peacefully, his polarizing actions worsened the Bleeding Kansas confrontations and set the stage for Southern secession, leaving him widely regarded as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.

Born: November 23, 1804
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Died: October 8, 1869 (aged 64)

Married Life

  • 1834-11-19 US President Franklin Pierce (30) weds Jane Pierce (28) in Amherst, New Hampshire

Historical Events in the Life of Franklin Pierce

  • 1852-11-02 Franklin Pierce elected as president of US
  • 1853-01-06 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts
  • 1853-06-24 Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
  • 1853-07-14 US President Franklin Pierce opens 1st industrial exposition (NY)

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