Franklin Pierce

14th U.S. President

Basic Info.

Term:March 4, 1853- March 4, 1857

Party: Democrat

Vice President: William R. King

Opponent: Winfield Scott

Key People of the Presidency

Secretary of State: William L. Marcy

Secretary of Treasury: James Guthrie

Attorney General: Caleb Cushing

Secretary of War: Jefferson Davis


"A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties."

"With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined."

Economic and Domestic Policies

Kansas- Nebraska act- Practiced Popular Sovereignty

Bloodshed Kansas- Kansas was battleground over slavery

Influx of immigrants

Overturning of Missouri Compromise

Transcontinental railroad proposed

Whig Party ended

Republican Part came into being

Foreign Policies

Attempt to acquire Cuba

Gadsen Purchase with Mexico

Opposition of British settlement in Central America

Tariff agreement with Great Britain