Pierce, Franklin, 1927, Biographical Sketch
BORN ON a Friday, inaugurated on a Friday and dying on a Friday, the years in between were troublesome ones for Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire's only occupant of the Presidential chair. Due to his mistaken allegiance to his supporters in the South, this personally genial, gracious man was much reviled in the North to the degree that New Hampshire debated half a century before it grudgingly set up a statue of him in the yard of the Capitol at Concord. Pierce, to whom the Presidency came unsought and unwanted, in 1853, was perhaps as unambitious as any man who ever held the office. His administration marks the real beginning of the Civil War—the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the opening of "Bleeding Kansas," and his surrender to the ambitions of the slave owners has remained in memory long after his unfaltering allegiance to the Union, when once the break came.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 15.
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