Knowledge Identifier: +Franklin_Pierce
Bowdoin College - Bowdoin came into its own in the 1820s, a decade in which Maine became an independent state as a result of the Missouri Compromise and the college graduated a number of its most famous alumni, including future United States President Franklin Pierce, class of 1824, and writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, both of whom graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1825
Jonathan Cilley - While at Bowdoin he became close friends with future President Franklin Pierce, a member of the class of 1824
He returned home and served as president of the New Hampshire state constitutional convention in 1850.
Hannibal Hamlin - A Democrat at the beginning of his career, Hamlin supported the candidacy of Franklin Pierce in 1852
Benjamin Pierce (governor) - He was succeeded by his younger brother, future president Franklin Pierce in 1852, and was later succeeded by Benjamin's youngest son, Henry Dearborn Pierce in 1873
Jefferson Davis - In the weeks leading up to the presidential election of 1852, he campaigned in numerous Southern states for Democratic candidates Franklin Pierce and William R. King
William Andrew Quarles - Interested in politics, he was a Democratic presidential elector in 1852, supporting Franklin Pierce's candidacy
Gideon Johnson Pillow - Pillow's antagonism for Scott was reflected in the 1852 election for president, when he opposed Scott's candidacy, supporting instead a former subordinate of his in the Mexican-American War, Franklin Pierce
Horatio Seymour - Seymour and the Softs supported the candidacy of their leader, Marcy, for the presidency in 1852, but when he was defeated they enthusiastically campaigned for Franklin Pierce in 1852
Peter Dumont Vroom - He was appointed by President Franklin Pierce as United States Minister to Prussia from November 4, 1853 through August 10, 1857
Pierce fulfilled the expectations of Southerners who had supported him by vigilantly enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act when Anthony Burns was seized in Boston in 1854 and returned to his owner.
Dorothea Dix - Dix's land bill passed both houses of Congress, but in 1854 President Franklin Pierce vetoed it, arguing that the federal government should not commit itself to social welfare, which was properly the responsibility of the states
Isaac Blackford - Appointed by President Franklin Pierce, he served as a federal court judge of the newly created United States Court of Claims dealing with financial claims against the federal government from 1855 until his death
Albert Sidney Johnston - In 1855 President Franklin Pierce appointed him colonel of the new 2nd U.S. Cavalry , a new regiment, which he organized
Pierce's stand won him admirers with the emerging Northern Peace Democrats, but enraged certain members of the Lincoln administration: in 1862 Secretary of State William Seward sent Pierce a letter accusing him of being a member of the seditious Knights of the Golden Circle.
John Littleton Dawson - During his time away from congress, President Franklin Pierce offered him the governorship of Kansas Territory, but he declined so that he could run for congress again, which he was elected to again in 1863, and served on the 38th and 39th congresses from March 4, 1863 until March 3, 1867
At his inauguration, Pierce, at age 48, was the youngest President to have taken office, a record he would keep until Ulysses S. Grant took office in 1869 at 46 years old.