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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Franklin Pierce

By    |   Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:39 PM

Franklin Pierce was the 14th president of the U.S., and like many other presidents, has at least one memorial named for him.

Franklin was the son of the governor of New Hampshire who was also a Revolutionary War hero. Before becoming president, Franklin served two terms in the House and Senate. After winning the Democratic vote and eventually becoming president, Franklin worked hard to make sure the Compromise of 1850 stayed in effect, but ended up angering Northerners when Pierce attempted to expand borders in an attempt to help those wanting to expand slavery, the White House Historical Association noted.

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The biggest downfall of Pierce during his time in office came when Pierce allowed the Nebraska Act, which was proposed by Sen. Stephen Douglas. The act, which made Kansas and Nebraska into territories, also opened up railroad building and repealed the ban on slavery in Kansas. The time became known as “bleeding Kansas,” and led to Pierce losing the Democratic nomination after his term in office. Some may say this time period would be one of the beginning of a civil war, which only seemed to get worse under the leadership of the President who followed.

The only monument known to exist for Pierce is one that caused some time to get approved. Because of his few accomplishments in his first term of presidency, many New Hampshire Republicans did not feel the need for a statue to commemorate Pierce, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources noted. However, New Hampshire Gov. Samuel Felker saw that he would probably not be reelected, and acted quickly on the matter of building a statue for Pierce.

On May 13, 1913, the Legislature came to a resolve to allow the governor and council to erect a statue of Franklin Pierce on the Statehouse lawn. Sculptor Augustus Lakeman was chosen to create the sculpture, while the committee met and discussed the statue and its placement. On Dec. 31, 1913, the committee formally accepted Lakeman's model and plan. Work was completed in 1914. The statue, cast in bronze by the Jonathan Williams foundry of New York City, still rests today in the same place.

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