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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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Veto Message of Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce, 14th President (1853-1857) known as the worst president of the united states. 1804-1869

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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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From Martha to Michelle: The changing faces (and fashions) of America's 43 First Ladies

Franklin Pierce became 14th President of the United States at a time of apparent tranquility (1853-1857). By pursuing the recommendations of southern advisers, Pierce—a New Englander—hoped to ease the divisions that led eventually to Civil War. Learn more: http://go.wh.gov/Q1xZz9

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