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Official White House Portrait of Franklin Pierce - 14th President of the United States Franklin Pearce was of French Huguenot Descent

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Franklin Pierce (aka "Handsome Frank") born on November 23, 1804, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce was elected to the United States Senate in 1837, and became the the 14th U.S. President.

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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.

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Jane Means Appleton Pierce (1806-1863), wife of U.S. President Franklin Pierce, was First Lady of the United States from 1853 to 1857.

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Jane Means Appleton Pierce (March 12, 1806 – December 2, 1863), wife of U.S. President Franklin Pierce, was First Lady of the United States from 1853 to 1857. wem

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14:Franklin Pierce 1804-1869 Dates in office 1853-1857 Political Party: Democrat President of the United States at a time of apparent tranquility. By pursuing the recommendations of southern advisers, Pierce -- a New Englander -- hoped to ease the divisions that led eventually to Civil War.

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Franklin Pierce, Fourteenth President of the United States

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