Friday, January 4, 2008

Fourteenth President: Franklin Pierce - 3 comments

Pretty-boy Pierce won the election after Fillmore left the office, but quickly proved unpopular. The 'Ostend Manifesto,' a secret plan to make Cuba part of the Union, proved a major diplomacy debacle. The slavery debate was growing in intensity, and his actions (repealing the Missouri Compromise, and supporting the Kansas-Nebraska Act) didn't help. Pierce is now regarded as one of the worst Presidents in American history.

After his Presidency, Pierce drank heavily, supported the South during the Civil War, and ran over an elderly woman with his carriage.


Blogger Chad Krizan said...

Ha! So I guess there were drunk drivers back then as well?

January 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger matt kirkland said...

I'd guess they had problems with it as far back as chariots. Still, though, you'd hope Presidents could set better examples.

January 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny... before I scrolled down to your description... I was looking at the drawing thinking... This one looks like he was actually an attractive man.

February 1, 2008 at 2:07 PM  

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