Franklin Pierce

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Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was born on November 23, 1804, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. He had eight brothers and sisters. When he turned 15, he enrolled at Bowdoin College in Maine. He married awoman named Jane Means Appleton. When the Mexican-American War began, Pierce became a private, helping to recruit men. Later, he became a general. In the election, he had to run against his former commander, General Winfield Scott. After a deadlock, Pierce was elected president. Following his term as president, Pierce retired to Concord, New Hampshire. He died on October 8, 1869, in Concord.


11/23/1804 -Birth 1824- Graduated College1829-Joins senate 1834- Marriage 1852- Election 10/8/1869-Death

- Signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, which repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and allowed the new territory of Kansas to decide its own stance on the legality of slavery.-Bought disputed territory from Mexico (now the southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico) as part of the Gadsden Purchase-Further enraged Northerners through the publication of the Ostend Manifesto justifying the American seizure of slave-holding Cuba from Spain

Lasting Impact

Franklin Pierce serves as an example of why difficult times require forceful leadership that is sensitive to issues both of change and continuity.






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