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President Franklin Pierce
14 Horseshoe Pond Lane
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Voice: 603-225-4555

Our fourteenth president was born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire on November 23, 1804. He attended Bowdoin Collage, and studied law after graduation. Afterwards he entered into the world of politics. At the age of twenty-four, he was elected to the New Hampshire legislature, and became its Speaker only two years later. In the 1830ís he became a Representative, and then a Senator.

During the Mexican War, Franklin Peirce served in the military. Due to his efforts, the Democratic Party elected Peirce president, and he won by a very narrow margin. In his presidency, Pierce created the Kansas-Nebraska act, which made the Missouri Compromise invalid and allowed slavery in the west. He also bought land from Mexico, which composed of modern Arizona and part of New Mexico.

Franklin Peirceís actions hastened the civil war that was to come. By the end of his administration the Democrats refused to re-nominate him and he retired in New Hampshire, where he died on October 8, 1869. He was buried in Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire.



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