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Franklin Pierce

14th President of the United States


"In expressing briefly my view upon an important subject which has recently agitated the nation ... I fervently hope that the question is at rest and that no sectional or ambitious or fanatical excitement may again threaten the durability of our institutions."

--Inaugural Address, 1853

Full Name: Franklin Pierce

Born: November 23, 1804

Birthplace: Hillsboro, New Hampshire

Father: Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839)

Mother: Anna Kendrick Pierce (1768-1838)

Wife: Jane Pierce (1806-1863)

Married: November 19, 1834

Religious Preference: Episcopalian

Previous Experience: Lawyer, soldier, New Hampshire Legislature, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senate

Political Party: Democratic

Age at Inauguration: 48

Term of Office: March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1857

Vice-President: William R. King (1853)

Died: October 8, 1869

Age at Death: 64

Place of Burial: Concord, New Hampshire

President at Time of Death: Ulysses S. Grant

Election Results

Year Candidate Name Electoral Vote Popular Vote
1852 Franklin Pierce (D) 254 1,601,274
  Winfield Scott (W) 42 1,386,580
  John P. Hale (FS) 0 155,210