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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 5, part 3: Franklin Pierce   By: (1843-1914)

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This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in American history and presidential politics. The comprehensive collection of speeches, letters, and messages of President Franklin Pierce offers readers a unique insight into the challenges and triumphs of his administration. The editor, James D. Richardson, has meticulously compiled and organized the material, providing context and analysis that enhances the reader's understanding of Pierce's presidency.

One of the standout features of this book is its accessibility. The language is clear and concise, making it easy to follow along with the primary sources without feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the political landscape of the time. The footnotes and annotations are also helpful in providing additional context and background information.

Overall, this book is a valuable addition to any history enthusiast's collection. It offers a firsthand account of a pivotal period in American history and sheds light on the leadership and decision-making of President Franklin Pierce. Highly recommended for anyone interested in delving deeper into the inner workings of the presidency.

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A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS

BY JAMES D. RICHARDSON

Franklin Pierce

March 4, 1853, to March 4, 1857

Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsboro, N.H., November 23, 1804. Was the fourth son of Benjamin and Anna Pierce. His father was a citizen of Massachusetts; was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, attaining the rank of captain and brevet major. After peace was declared he removed from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and located near what is now Hillsboro. His first wife was Elizabeth Andrews, who died at an early age. His second wife, the mother of Franklin Pierce, was Anna Kendrick, of Amherst, N.H. He was sheriff of his county, a member of the State legislature and of the governor's council, and was twice chosen governor of his State (as a Democrat), first in 1827 and again in 1829, For many years he was declared to be "the most influential man in New Hampshire," He died in 1839. Franklin was given an academic education in well known institutions at Hancock, Francestown, and Exeter, and in 1820 was sent to Bowdoin College, His college mates there were John P. Hale, his future political rival; Professor Calvin E. Stowe; Sergeant S. Prentiss, the distinguished orator; Henry W. Longfellow, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, his future biographer and lifelong friend... Continue reading book >>


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