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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...
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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.

A biography of the fourteenth president of the United States, with information on his childhood, family, political career, presidency, and legacy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780516242354
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
  • Pages: 110
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Beginnings 7
2 Politics and War 21
3 Dark Horse Candidate 37
4 Shadow on the White House 55
5 Losing Battles 67
6 The Final Years 89
Presidential Fast Facts 96
First Lady Fast Facts 97
Timeline 98
Glossary 100
Further Reading 101
Places to Visit 102
Online Sites of Interest 103
Table of Presidents 104
Index 108
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