1804 - Franklin Pierce, born on the 23rd of November in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, U.S. He was the 14th president of the United States. The son of a governor of New Hampshire, Benjamin Pierce, and the former Anna Kendrick.
1827 - Attended Bowdoin College in Maine, studied law in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the bar.
1829 - 1833 - Entered political life in New Hampshire as a Democrat, serving in the state legislature.
1833 - 1837 - Entered the U.S. House of Representatives.
1834 - Married Jane Means Appleton, whose father was president of Bowdoin.
1837 - 1842 - Then later entered the Senate.
1846 - 1848 - An officer in the Mexican War except for a brief stint.
1853 - 1857 - Served as the 14th president of the United States.
1854 - He received Perry's report that his expedition had been successful and that U.S. ships would have limited access to Japanese ports. The Pierce administration also reorganized the diplomatic and consular service and created the United States Court of Claims.
1861 - 1865 - Failed to deal effectively with the corroding sectional controversy over slavery in the decade preceding the American Civil War.
1869 - After an extended tour of Europe he retired to Concord. Always a heavy drinker, Pierce descended further into apparent alcoholism, and he died in obscurity. Died on the 8th of October in Concord, New Hampshire.
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