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Franklin Pierce (1804 – 1869)

Life in Brief: Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, came to office during a period of growing tension between the North and South. A politician of limited ability, Pierce was behind one of the most crucial pieces of legislation in American hist… more life in brief »

Essays about Franklin Pierce

About His Administration

First Lady
Jane Pierce
Vice President
William R. D. King (1853)
Secretary of State
William L. Marcy (1853–1857)
Secretary of the Interior
Robert McClelland (1853–1857)
Attorney General
Caleb Cushing (1853–1857)
Postmaster General
James Campbell (1853–1857)
Secretary of the Treasury
James Guthrie (1853–1857)
Secretary of the Navy
James C. Dobbin (1853–1857)

Facts about Franklin Pierce

14th President of the United States (1853 – 1857)
November 23, 1804, Hillsborough (now Hillsboro), New Hampshire
Political Party
October 08, 1869
"Young Hickory of the Granite Hills"
Bowdoin College (graduated 1824)
November 19, 1834, to Jane Means Appleton (1806–1863)
Franklin (1836); Frank Robert (1839–1843); Benjamin (1841–1853)
Lawyer, Public Official
Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire

I believe that involuntary servitude, as it exists in different States of this Confederacy, is recognized by the Constitution.
March 4, 1853

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Jean H. Baker

Professor Baker is a professor of history at Goucher College. Her writings include:

Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists (Hill and Wang, 2005)

James Buchanan (Times Life Books, 2004)

The Civil War and Reconstruction (Co-authored with Michael F. Holt and David Herbert Donald, W.W. Norton, 2001)

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