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Franklin Pierce
(1804 - 1869)

1804 Born 23 November
1820 Enters Bowdoin College, meets Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1826 Enters law school in Northampton, Massachusetts
1827 Admitted to the bar, opens law practice in New Hampshire
1828 Elected to the lower house of the New Hampshire General Court, the New Hampshire House of Representatives
1832 Serves as Speaker until 1833
1833 Elected as a Democrat to the 23rd and 24th Congresses (March 4, 1833 March 4, 1837)
1834 Marries Jane Means Appleton
1837 Elected by the New Hampshire General Court as a Democrat to the United States Senate
1839 Son, Frank, born
1841 Son, Benjamin, born
1842 Resigns Senate
1843 Son, Frank, dies from epidemic typhus at the age of four
1846 Enlists in the volunteer services during the Mexican-American War
1847 Appointed brigadier general of volunteers and took command of a brigade of reinforcements for Winfield Scott's army marching on Mexico City
1850 Serves as president of the New Hampshire State constitutional convention
1852 Pierce runs for President as the Democratic pary compromise candidate - winning 27 of the 31 states
1852 Son, Franklin, born - dies in infancy
1853 Gadsden Purchase
1853 Son, Benjamin, dies at the age of eleven in a railway accident
1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
1869 Dies 8 October

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