Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce

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by John DiConsiglio
     
 
Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was handsome, gregarious, and famous for his cloquence. In private life and in politics, however, he proved to be unlucky and unhappy. As a young man he suffered from alcoholism, his wife was often ill, and their three sons died in childhood. A Northern Democrat with Southern sympathies, he was nominated for president in 1852 and won

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Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was handsome, gregarious, and famous for his cloquence. In private life and in politics, however, he proved to be unlucky and unhappy. As a young man he suffered from alcoholism, his wife was often ill, and their three sons died in childhood. A Northern Democrat with Southern sympathies, he was nominated for president in 1852 and won the election against a hapless Whig opponent. He soon lost the support of the North by enforcing the hated Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and signing the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which promised to extend slavery in the new territories. When Kansas was swept by violence, Pierce supported proslavery factions and refused to send federal troops to restore order. In 1856, his party refused to renominate him, bringing his political career to a close.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516242354
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1080L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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