He was the seventh of ten children born to David and Milley Franklin. David was a former slave, who became a Chickasaw Freedman when emancipated after the American Civil War.
See Article History Alternative Title: He failed to deal effectively with the corroding sectional controversy over slavery in the decade preceding the American Civil War — For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America.
Pierce, FranklinAn overview of Franklin Pierce. Key events in the life of Franklin Pierce. He married Jane Means Appleton, whose father was president of Bowdoin, in Library of Congress, Washington, D.
House of Representatives —37and the Senate — Handsome, affablecharming, and possessed of a certain superficial brilliance, Pierce made many friends in Congress, but his career there was otherwise undistinguished. He was a devoted supporter of Pres. Andrew Jackson but was continually overshadowed by older and more prominent men on the national scene.
Resigning from the Senate for personal reasons, he returned to Concordwhere he resumed his law practice and also served as federal district attorney. Except for a brief stint as an officer in the Mexican-American War —48Pierce remained out of the public eye until the nominating convention of the Democratic Party in After a deadlock developed among supporters of the leading presidential contenders— Lewis CassStephen A.
LC-DIG-pga The ensuing presidential campaign was dominated by the controversy over slavery and the finality of the Compromise of Although both the Democrats and the Whigs declared themselves in favour of the compromise, the Democrats were more thoroughly united in their support. As a result, Pierce, who was almost unknown nationally, unexpectedly won the November election, defeating the Whig candidate Winfield Scott by votes to 42 in the electoral college.
American presidential election, Results of the American presidential election, Sources: King, the Democratic ticket for the presidential election. Representing the Eastern element of the Democratic Party, which was inclined for the sake of harmony and business prosperity to oppose antislavery agitation and generally to placate Southern opinion, Pierce tried to promote sectional unity by filling his cabinet with extremists from both sides of the slavery debate.
He also attempted to sidestep the fierce sectional antagonisms of the domestic scene by ambitiously and aggressively promoting the extension of U. In an effort to buy the island of Cuba from Spainhe ordered the U.
The resulting diplomatic statement, the Ostend Manifesto Octoberwas interpreted by the American public as a call to wrest Cuba from Spain by force if necessary. In an American adventurer, William Walkerconducted a notorious expedition into Central America with the hope of establishing a proslavery government under the control of the United States.
In Nicaragua he established himself as military dictator and then as president, and his dubious regime was recognized by the Pierce administration. A more lasting diplomatic achievement came from the expedition that Pres.
The Pierce administration also reorganized the diplomatic and consular service and created the United States Court of Claims. Library of Congress, Washington D.John Hope Franklin was interviewed about his life, his career, and his body of leslutinsduphoenix.com also responded to viewer telephone calls.
Professor Franklin has served as president of the American. Benjamin Franklin was born in into a family of very modest means.
Today, they’d probably be called lower middle class at best. His parents had just enough money to send him to school for a couple of years in hope that he could eventually join the clergy, but by the age of 10, he was done with.
John Hope Franklin (January 2, – March 25, ) was an American historian of the United States and former president of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Southern Historical leslutinsduphoenix.comin is best known for his work From Slavery to Freedom, first published in , and continually updated.
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Born in Eltham, England, on May 29, , Leslie Townes Hope was one of Harry and Agnes Townes Hope's seven surviving boys. His father was a stonemason (a construction worker), and his mother had been a concert singer in Wales.
By the age of four Hope was a . Franklin Pierce: Franklin Pierce, 14th U.S.
president (–57), whose failure to deal effectively with the slavery conflict in the decade preceding the American Civil War shaped the perception of him as a lesser president.
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