a letter from President Pierce
Did You Know?
• Each of his three children died before he was president and before reaching adolescence.
• During his term, Kansas was known as "Bloody Kansas" due to the state's intense turmoil over the issue of slavery.
• He was the first president to memorize his inaugural address and recite it from memory.
• He was responsible for the Gadsden Purchase which brought New Mexico and part of Arizona into the United States.
Key Events in the Administration
(November 23, 1804 - October 8, 1869)
• First Lady: Jane Means Appleton Pierce, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Jane Appleton
• Number of Children: 3
• Education Level: College
• School Attended: Bowdoin College
• Religion: Episcopalian
• Profession: Military, Lawyer
• Military Service: Brigadier General
Public Service:Presidential Places
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1853 - 3/3/1857
• Presidency Number: 14
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Not nominated
• Party: Democratic
• His Vice President(s): William R. King
• Senator: New Hampshire (1837-1842)
• House of Representatives: New Hampshire (1833-1837)
• State Legislative Service: NH (1829-1833)
• Other Offices: Speaker of the New Hampshire State Legislature
Methodology and Resources
The Pierce Homestead
Gravesite: Old North Cemetery
Home: Pierce Manse
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Presidents Programs from
• Programming includes:
• Franklin Pierce Life Portrait: From The Pierce Manse - Concord, NH
Guests included: Barry Paris, writer; and Chips Holden, president, Pierce Brigade Watch | Order Videotape
• Edna Medford, Howard University professor, on Pierce's America Watch
• Don Ritchie on Pierce's Senate career Watch
• Jim Marvin on Pierce's youth Watch