Franklin Pierce served as president of the United States from 1853-1857. He was the only president ever elected (to date) from New Hampshire, and the youngest at the time to be elected to the presidency.
His three children all died young, the last, Benjamin Pierce, dying in a train wreck outside Andover, Massachusetts while the president-elect and his family made their way to the inauguration. The loss clouded his presidency.
Pierce's term is seen as a failure by many scholars because of his inability, or unwillingness, to act to prevent the increasingly bitter slavery controversy.
He died 9 October, 1869. (See New York Times Obituary)
For a detailed biography, see the Biography tab.
|Offspring of Franklin Pierce and Jane Means Appleton (1806-1863)|
|Franklin Pierce (1836-1836)|| |
|Frank Robert Pierce (1839-1843)|| |
|Benjamin Pierce (1841-1853)|
- Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire is named after him.
- The wife of President George H. W. Bush (1924), First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush (1925-), is a fourth cousin four times removed of President Franklin Pierce.
- Wikipedia biography
- White House biography
- Jean Means Appleton Pierce White House biography
- Franklin Pierce/Barbara Bush relationship
- Pierce Genealogy, Frederick Clifton Peirce, Esq., 1882
- Genealogies of the Presidents of the U.S. by Hans Weebers  Accessed 26 January, 2006 by Nhprman