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Franklin Pierce
Birth: Nov. 23, 1804
Hillsboro
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Oct. 8, 1869
Concord
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA

14th United States President. He was born in Hillsborugh, New Hampshire, to a father who served in the Revolutionary War and became its governor. Franklin Pierce's early education was at the Hancock and Francistown Academy then graduating from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. After graduation, he studied law under a local judge, spent two years in Law School at North Hampton, Mass, admitted to the Bar and began practice in his native town of Hillsbourgh. In a chance meeting, he met Jane Appleton, the daughter of the former President of Bowdoin College which became a tragic marriage. She was a religious eccentric who blamed all events on the wrath of god brought on my her husbands political life. Their first son died on the third day of birth and the second born three years later died of typhus and the third was killed at the age of eleven in a tragic train derailment when Franklin Pierce was the President-elect. During his one term in office, he made no cabinet changes and expressed little or no interest in the presidency. However, his administration had some achievements: A dispute involving the boundary between the United States and Mexico was settled creating the Territory of Arizona. A serious fishery question with Great Britain off the coast of Newfoundland was settled by mutual and peaceful concessions. At the termination of his term, his wife was slowly dying from tuberculosis. Pierce took her to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for treatment. Jane Pierce was in deep depression and merely trudged about weeping while clutching her son's bible and a box with locks of hair from all three of her lost children. Life for President Pierce became even worst. He spent most of the pre-Civil war years in Europe then returned to his residence in Concord. Probably the only good occurred when his wife mercifully died and was buried beside her two sons in the Old North Cemetery in Concord. He then became as reclusive as his wife had been. The Presidents health began to decline aided by his heavy use of alcohol dying of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 64. He lay in state in Doric Hall in Concord followed by a funeral at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was buried beside his wife and children. Even though after his death he was virtually forgotten, His legacy shines in New England: The Pierce homestead in Hillsborough was constructed by his father the year Franklin was born. Here Daniel Webster was entertained and in the ballroom on the second floor, Franklin Pierce drilled local militia groups. The mansion is maintained and operated by the Hillsborough Historical Society. The Pierce Manse, Concord was originally located at 14 Penacock Street and was the only house ever owned and occupied by the Pierces with their two children. Threatened with demolition in 1966 it was saved and moved to a site in Concord's Historic District. The house has been restored and many of the furnishings either belonged to Pierce or other members of his family. A historic preservation group, The Brigade owns the house and maintains it as a memorial to New Hampshire's only President. The Gravesite at Old North Cemetery in Concord was refurbished and the deteriorating markers were replaced by a single granite spire with all the names inscribed. The first child was buried elsewhere at the time of death. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Pierce (1757 - 1839)
  Anna Kendrick Pierce (1768 - 1838)
 
 Spouse:
  Jane M. Appleton Pierce (1806 - 1863)
 
 Children:
  Franklin Pierce (1836 - 1836)*
  Frank Robert Pierce (1839 - 1843)*
  Benjamin Pierce (1841 - 1853)*
 
 Siblings:
  Benjamin K Pierce (1790 - 1850)*
  Franklin Pierce (1804 - 1869)
  Henry Dearborn Pierce (1812 - 1880)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Chronic inflammation of the stomach attended with dropsical efficiency of the abdomen
 
Burial:
Old North Cemetery
Concord
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
Plot: Minot enclosure adjoining Old North Cemetery
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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God bless you, Mr President. Rest in Peace.
- Rick
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014

- Catoe4
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
God bless you on Independence Day (early), and thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Jul. 2, 2014
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