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Franklin Pierce

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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Hillsborough
Country: United States
BirthDay: 23 November 1804
Died On: October 8, 1869
Education: Bowdoin College, Phillips Exeter Academy

Franklin Pierce was bornon 23 November 1804 in Hillsborough, American. When Franklin Pierce became the 14th President of the United States, the political atmosphere of the country was that of the calm before the storm. Most people at this point of time believed that as a result of the Compromise of 1850, the separatist mentality among various territories of the Union has been curbed. However, it did not take much time for things to once again become murky. All it took were a few hasty decisions and bad policies and the stormy winds of discontent once again began to blow across the north and south of the Union, which threatened its very existence and Franklin Pierce found himself in the thick of things. Before becoming the president, Pierce had served several terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, besides he was also a veteran of the Mexican-American War. Pierce also had an exemplary record as an attorney and remains the only person to become the president from the state of New Hampshire. Sadly, his personal life was filled with tragedy, as due to one or another reason he lost all of his children at a very tender age; this remained a great source of sorrow throughout his life.


Pierce’s character was seen in ‘The Great Moment’, a film released in 1944


, he was once again offered presidential candidacy in 1860 and then a third time in 1864, both of which he refused


His presidential term ended on March 4, 1857, after which he went into retirement and spent about two years traveling with his wife


Due to the Ostend Manifesto, Pierce was distanced from many of his Democratic Party supporters, which cost him his 1856 presidential reelection bid


The Ostend Manifesto came into light on October 18, 1854, which came to be viewed as a rash diplomatic step on the government’s part; it dashed Pierce's hopes to annex Cuba


He took over the presidential post on March 4, 1853, while mourning for his beloved son’s loss; this greatly affected his performance as the President


In 1852 presidential elections, when the Democratic Party found itself in a stalemate over electing the presidential candidate, Pierce’s name was recommended, which was unanimously accepted by the delegates, on June 5


In 1850, after returning to his home and family, he served as the president of the state constitutional convention at New Hampshire


On March 28, 1848 he resigned from the Army, having proven his mettle as a military commander, despite being a political appointee


With the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, Pierce voluntarily joined the army as a Colonel, in 1847


In 1837, he was appointed to the United States Senate, where he served till 1842, when he resigned from the post on his wife’s request and joined the temperance movement, while focusing on his law practice


He got married to Jane Means Appleton, in 1834 and the couple together had three sons, none of whom survived to see adolescence


In 1831, he was appointed as the Speaker of the House with a little help from his father, who had recently become the governor of the state


Later in 1830’s he essayed the role of a state representative at Washington, which further established him as a serious politician


In 1829, Pierce’s political career took off, when he became member of the Legislative Assembly of New Hampshire


He was accepted by the bar in 1827, after which he began his practice in Concord, New Hampshire


Later, in 1826, with the intention to study law, he entered Northampton Law School, located in the state of Massachusetts


He received his early education at various private schools, first at Hillsborough Center and then at the Hancock Academy and in the fall of 1820, he took admission at the Bowdoin College in Brunswick, MaineAt college, he excelled in public speaking as well as academics, thus when he graduated in 1824, he was amongst the top three students of his class

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