Franklin Pierce March 4, (1853–1857) 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. His inability as president to calm tensions over slavery kept the country on the path to the Civil War. Vice president: William R. King (1853)
Franklin Pierce 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.
Franklin Pierce - 14th President of the United States (1853–1857) Democrat ~ ~ I believe that involuntary servitude, as it exists in different States of this Confederacy, is recognized by the Constitution. March 4, 1853