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Franklin Pierce: A Resource Guide

President Franklin Pierce
President Franklin Pierce, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right, with left hand inside vest.
1 photographic print.
[between 1855 and 1865, printed later]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZ62-13014

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles that reference Franklin Pierce from this time period.

A selection of articles related to Pierce includes:

Exhibitions

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition includes the following sections pertaining to Franklin Pierce's presidency:

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

Finding aids for the Franklin Pierce Papers and the Pierce-Aiken Family Papers collections in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Pierce, Franklin,--1804-1869 to find digital images related to Pierce such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Franklin Pierce to locate additional images.

A selection of highlights from PPOC includes:

Daguerreotypes

The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more than 725 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864, including a photograph of Franklin Pierce.

Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs primarily of architectural subjects, including eight photographs of Franklin Pierce's home in Concord, New Hampshire.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes. The collection includes Pierce's birthplace and early home in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, and his law office in Concord, New Hampshire.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Franklin Pierce and Jane Means Pierce.

Today in History

November 23

Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States, was born on November 23, 1804, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Like his predecessor James K. Polk, Pierce was a little-known candidate retired from national politics when the Democratic Party summoned him to run for president.

December 30

James Gadsden, U.S. minister to Mexico, and General Antonio López de Santa Anna, president of Mexico, signed the Gadsden Purchase in Mexico City on December 30, 1853. The treaty settled the dispute over the exact location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, giving the U.S. claim to approximately 29,000 square miles of land in what is now southern New Mexico, for the price of $10 million.

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Primary Documents in American History

This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each document has a page with background information, links to digital material associated with the documents, and bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Documents related to Franklin Pierce's presidency include the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854.

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