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Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853–57). Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. His polarizing actions in championing and signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act alienated anti-slavery groups while failing to stem intersectional conflict, setting the stage for Southern secession and the US Civil War. Historians and other scholars generally rank Pierce as among the worst of US Presidents.

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The founders of the Republic dealt with things as they were presented to them, in a spirit of self s ...

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You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me in your strength.

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After the White House what is there to do but drink?

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There is nothing left to do but get drunk.

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I never justify, sustain, or in any way or to any extent uphold this cruel, heartless, aimless unnec ...

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I can express no better hope for my country than that the kind Providence which smiled upon our fath ...

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I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.

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There's nothing left . . . but to get drunk.

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It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependen ...

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I speak of the war as fruitless; for it is clear that, prosecuted upon the basis of the proclamation ...

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

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“Defense was the name of the game, ... This is a big win for the program — a huge win. We were k ...

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

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“Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion.”

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“The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ...

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