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Franklin Pierce

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In office: March 4, 1853 March 4, 1857

Born: November 23, 1804, Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Franklin PierceFranklin 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 buried?

  • Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California

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Angels on your pillowOld North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire

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