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Franklin Pierce

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Did you know that during his presidency Franklin Pierce initiated discussions on acquiring Alaska from Russia? Did you know that Franklin Pierce played a key role in the Kansas-Nebraska Act?

Fun Fact 1: Franklin Pierce was born on November 23, 1804 in Hillsboro, New Hampshire

Fun Fact 2: He was raised on the family farm in New Hampshire and followed the military tradition of his family; his father was a General in the Army

Fun Fact 3: Franklin Pierce became the 14th president of America in 1853 when he was 49 years of age; he served for 4 years until 1857

Fun Fact 4: He was the first President to present his address from memory. His speech was over 3,000 words long, and he used no notes or reference to present it

Fun Fact 5: Franklin Pierce married his sweetheart Jane Means Appleton in 1834. They raised three children but none of them reached the age of adulthood

Fun Fact 6: During Franklin Pierce's presidency the Kansas-Nebraska Bill was created, this defined the Kansas-Nebraska territories and bought new opportunities for settlers and transportation

Fun Fact 7: Franklin Pierce was the second President to hold office without a Vice President. William Rufus DeVane King was selected but sadly died before taking office

Fun Fact 8: Franklin Pierce's noted accomplishments of his presidency was the additional land acquired from Mexico and the launch of discussions to acquire Alaska from Russia

Fun Fact 9: Franklin Pierce played a key role in the Kansas-Nebraska Act which created two new territories, Kansas and Nebraska

Fun Fact 10: He was presented with two "sleeve dogs" from Japan as pets. The dogs were so small that they could sit on a hand; he kept one and gave one away

Fun Fact 11: Franklin Pierce was a religious man and a member of the Episcopalian church, however due to an active social life, and a possible link to witnessing the horrific death of his son in a train accident he became an alcoholic

Fun Fact 12: Franklin Pierce was the first president to introduce a Christmas tree within the White House

Fun Fact 13: Franklin Pierce and his wife were not of good health, after his retirement, in the hope of benefitting their well being they travelled to Madeira and Europe

Fun Fact 14: Franklin Pierce died on October 8, 1869 in Concord, New Hampshire

Fun Fact 15: Franklin Pierce was buried in the Old North Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire

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