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President Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853–57). Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. By pursuing the recommendations of southern advisers, Pierce hoped to ease the divisions that led eventually to Civil War. His actions to signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act failed to stem intersectional conflict, setting the stage for Southern secession.
"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."
Franklin Pierce from "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]"
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Franklin Pierce from "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000267 from volume 10 of "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]". The title and subject terms of this ... more

Franklin Pierce from "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000257 from volume 10 of "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]". The title and subject terms of this ... more

Ornithology

A mild election-year cartoon portraying Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott (left) as a turkey and Democrat Franklin Pierce (right) as a gamecock. The two face each other from opposite sides of "Mason &... more

Grand, national, democratic banner - press onward - portraits from daguerreotype / lith. & pub. by N. Currier.

Print shows a presidential campaign banner featuring bust portraits of candidates "For President Franklin Pierce" and "For Vice President William R. King" in ovals with laurel wreaths beneath a bust portrait of... more

Grand, national, democratic banner - press onward / lith. & pub. by N. Currier.

Print shows a presidential campaign banner featuring bust portraits of candidates "Franklin Pierce" and "William R. King" in ovals with laurel wreaths beneath an eagle perched on a globe labeled "America" and a... more

Capability and availability

Sharply critical of both the Democratic and Whig choice of presidential candidates in 1852, the artist laments the nomination of two soldiers, Winfield Scott (center) and Franklin Pierce (far right), in prefere... more

Frank Pierce / engrd. by W.L. Ormsby from a daguerreotype.

Franklin Pierce, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right.

Loco Foco hunters treeing a candidate

A satire on the Democrats' or "Loco Focos'" 1852 pursuit of Franklin Pierce for the presidential nomination. At the foot of the White Mountains in the "Dismal Swamp," an immense, swampy region of North Carolina... more

Franklin Pierce from "Perley's Reminiscences of sixty years in the national metropolis ... Illustrated"

This image has been taken from scan 000439 from volume 01 of "Perley's Reminiscences of sixty years in the national metropolis ... Illustrated". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated fro... more

A democratic indignation meeting / after a sketch by our special artist in Elysium ; Keppler.

Print shows the ghost of Thomas Jefferson speaking to a gathering of the ghosts of John Tyler, Lewis Cass, James K. Polk, Stephen A. Douglas, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Jackson, William L. Marcy, Samuel J. Tilden,... more

Monument to Franklin Pierce, Concord N.H.

Gravestones of Franklin Pierce and his wife.

Mrs. Franklin Pierce / engd. by J.C. Buttre.

Mrs. Franklin Pierce, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

Mrs. Franklin Pierce / engd. by J.C. Buttre.

Mrs. Franklin Pierce, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

Social qualities of our candidate

Reports of his alcoholism haunted Democratic candidate Franklin Pierce during the 1852 campaign. The matter is taken up here with mocking reference to the Maine Liquor Law of 1851, a landmark prohibition measur... more

Gen. Franklin Pierce / designed and engraved on steel by W.L. Ormsby, N.Y.

Franklin Pierce in uniform, on horseback, in foreground; Mexican War battle scene, showing Chapultapec castle and Popocatépetl volcano, in background.