Franklin Pierce Biography

Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States, whose inability as president to calm tensions over slavery kept the country on the path to the Civil War. Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. His polarizing actions in championing and signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act failed to stem intersectional conflict, setting the stage for Southern secession, and leaving him widely regarded as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.

Born in New Hampshire, Pierce served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate until he resigned from the latter in 1842. His private law practice in his home state was a success; he was appointed U.S. Attorney for his state in 1845. Pierce took part in the Mexican–American War as a brigadier general in the Army. Seen by Democrats as a compromise candidate uniting northern and southern interests, he was nominated as the party's candidate for president on the 49th ballot at the 1852 Democratic National Convention. In the 1852 presidential election, Pierce and his running mate William R. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Franklin Pierce
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Lawyer, Politician
Religion:
Episcopal Church
Date of Birth:
November 23, 1804
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
October 8, 1869
Age at Death:
64
Cause of Death:
Cirrhosis
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