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Franklin Pierce

14th President (1853-1857)

Born: November 23, 1804
Died: October 8, 1865

Vice President: William R. King

Political Party: Democratic

Next President: James Buchanan

Previous President: Millard Fillmore

Notable Franklin Pierce Quotes

"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."

The Only President to...

Pierce was one of only two presidents to "affirm" his oath of office rather than swear it. Two month before, he and his family were involved in a train derailment which resulted in the death of his 11 year old son. This shook his faith which is why he chose to "affirm" on a law book rather than "swear" on a bible.

Interesting Franklin Pierce Facts

Franklin Pierce was the first president to recite his inaugural address from memory.

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