I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States of America. He held the office from March 4, 1853 until March 4 1857. He was, also, a lawyer and a statesman.
Franklin Pierce was born in 1804 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He had a half-sister and seven other siblings. His father was involved in politics and two of his older brothers were soldiers. He attended school at Hillsborough Center and then transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy to prepare for college. In 1820, he attended Bowdoin College. He graduated in 1824. He had also taught at a local school during his final year there. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1827. He practiced law in Hillsborough.
In 1824, Pierce had become involved in local politics. In 1828, he became the Hillsborough town moderator. He held other positions which led to him becoming a Member of the United States House of Representatives in 1833. In 1837, he became a United States Senator. In 1847, he served in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War. He was a Brigadier General. He continued to practice law and his next political position of note was to become the President of the United States in 1853.
Franklin Pierce married Jane Appleton in 1834. They had three children. All three sons died in childhood. The third died, while traveling with Franklin and Jane in January of 1853, in a train accident between Franklin’s election and inauguration. The couple were in mourning and Jane did not attend the inauguration.
Franklin Pierce was not popular for his political decisions as President in his day and has been ranked poorly historically. He emphasized preserving the Union above other issues polarizing himself from Northern and/or Southern support. Following his Presidency he continued to speak out against policies he felt led to Southern secession and the Civil War.
Franklin Pierce’s nicknames were Young Hickory of the Granite Hills and Handsome Frank. The first came from his military exploits. The second came from his looks and ongoing personality.
Franklin’s wife died in 1863. Franklin’s drinking became worse. He suffered cirrhosis of the liver. He died in 1869. He left his wealthy estate to family, late friend Nathaniel Hawthorne’s children, and his landlady.
Franklin Pierce has had sites named after him, has been memorialized, and had other honors. Be inspired! Have a bright day!