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.
About Franklin Pierce