|Birth||23 NOV 1804|
|Occup||1845-1847||NH US Attorney|
|Military||USA Army / Brigadier General / Mexican American War|
|History||20 AUG 1847||Battle of Churubusco|
|Election||1852||USA Presidential Election|
|Election||1856||USA Presidential Election|
|Death||8 OCT 1869|
Franklin Pierce became President at a time of apparent tranquility.
The United States, by virtue of the Compromise of 1850, seemed to have weathered its sectional storm. By pursuing the recommendations of southern advisers, Pierce - a New Englander - hoped to prevent still another outbreak of that storm. But his policies, far from preserving calm, hastened the disruption of the Union.
Born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire in 1804, Pierce attended Bowdoin College in Maine. After graduation he studied law, and then entered politics. His father, Benjamin, had been a soldier in the Revolution, and later was a Brigadier General of the New Hampshire militia. He was also once Governor of New Hampshire, but left politics and became a farmer and tavern... Read More