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14 - Franklin Pierce

Personal Statistics:

Birth Date: November 23, 1804

Birthplace: Log cabin on the Contoocook River, Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Father: Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839)

Mother: Anna Kendrick (1768-1838)

Height at Prime: 5 feet 10 inches

Physical Description: Classic Roman nose, gray eyes, thin lips, mass of curly dark hair that was combed on the side

Religion: Episcopalian

Wife: Jane Means Appleton (March 12, 1806 – December 2, 1863)

Marriage Date: November 19, 1834

Marriage Place: Home of the bride’s maternal grandparents, Amherst, New Hampshire


-- Franklin Pierce (February 2, 1836 – February 5, 1836)

-- Frank Robert Pierce (August 27, 1839 – November 14, 1843)

-- Benjamin Pierce (April 13, 1841 – January 6, 1853)

Death Date: October 8, 1869

Place of Death: His home, Concord, New Hampshire

Cause of Death: Dropsy and inflammation of the stomach caused by chronic alcoholism

Final Words: Unknown

Burial Place: Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire

Professional Statistics:

Member of New Hampshire Legislature (1829-1833); Speaker (1831-1832)

U.S. Representative (1833-1837)

U.S. Senate (1837-1842)

Brigadier General in the army during the Mexican War (1846-1848)

14th President of the United States (1853-1857)

Political Party: Democrat

His Vice President: William Rufus DeVane King (1853)

Events During Presidency:

Gadsden Purchase (1853)

Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)

Ostend Manifesto (1854)

Rebellion in Nicaragua (1855)

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