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In office: March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857
Born: November 23, 1804, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Pierce was an American politician and the fourteenth President of
the United States, serving from 1853 to 1857. To date, he is the only
president from New Hampshire.
Pierce was a Democrat and a "doughface" (a Northerner with
Southern sympathies) who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and
Senate. Later, Pierce took part in the Mexican-American War and became a
brigadier general. His private law practice in his home state, New
Hampshire, was so successful that he was offered several important
positions, which he turned down.
Later, he was nominated for president as a dark horse candidate on
the 49th ballot at the 1852 Democratic National Convention. In the
presidential election, Pierce and his running mate William R. King won
by a landslide, defeating the Whig Party ticket of Winfield Scott and
William A. Graham by a 50 to 44% margin in the popular vote and 254 to
42 in the electoral vote.
According to historian David Potter, Pierce was sometimes referred to
as "Baby" Pierce, an apparent reference to Pierce's youth
relative to previous presidents.
Died: October 8, 1869 (age 64), Concord, New Hampshire
Franklin Pierce died in Concord, New Hampshire from cirrhosis of the
liver, stemming from his heavy drinking problem that he carried
throughout his life.
Where is Franklin Pierce
- Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire
- Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,