Birth: November 23, 1804
Death: October 8, 1869
Term of Office: March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857
Number of Terms Elected: 1 Term
First Lady: Jane Means Appleton
Franklin Pierce Quote: "The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution."
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Major Events While in Office:
- Gadsden Purchase (1853)
- Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)
- Ostend Manifesto (1854)
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The Kansas-Nebraska Act gave the settlers in the newly organized territories of Kansas and Nebraska the power to decide for themselves whether or not to permit slavery. This bill helped increase the debate over slavery. The increasingly bitter fighting between pro- and anti-slavery forces would cause the region to be named Bleeding Kansas.
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