Franklin Pierce (Profiles of the Presidents)


A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.
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A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.
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Franklin Pierce was the fourteenth president of the United States and ranked as one of five worst presidents by a 1992 poll. He was unknown through much of the country at the time, but still managed to become president. In the 1800s slavery was a big issue, but Pierce supported the right of southern states to maintain slavery. This was an unpopular stance for many people living in the North. After attending college, Pierce became a lawyer. He opened a law practice in Concord, New Hampshire. At the age of twenty-four, Franklin Pierce entered politics with his election to New Hampshire's legislature. By the age of thirty he was a U.S. House representative, and later a senator. In 1846, Pierce joined the army and rose to colonel and then brigadier general. After the war with Mexico, Pierce became president, but his presidential years were filled with tragedy when his last living child was killed in a train accident. His presidency suffered from this loss and he did not pay much attention to his duties. His leadership at home and abroad suffered. After leaving office, he began to drink heavily and died in 1869. Author Somervill has managed to tell the story of a weak president who wanted to do his best, but just did not know how to do it. Photographs accompany text as well as Web sites, a timeline, a glossary, and further reading material. Part of the "Profiles of the Presidents" series. 2003, Compass Point Press, Yannuzzi
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  • ISBN-13: 9780756502621
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Animal Homes Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,497,901
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.
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