This site commemorates
the bicentennial of the birth of Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), the
14th President of the United States of America. It is the result
of historical and cultural institutions throughout New Hampshire
working together to coordinate exhibits, lectures, and other activities
to mark the birth of the Granite States only U.S. President.
Pierces memory is far from forgotten, his life is often overlooked
or misunderstood. Pierce was a compelling and often contradictory
man. He has been described a powerful orator, a faithful friend
and a master politician. He is also described as a defender of slavery,
a partisan politician, and an ineffective president.
The 2004 bicentennial of Pierce's birth is an opportunity to reopen the book on this enigma of a President, whose love of history and of New Hampshire is well documented. Growing up with his nation, the personal story of Pierce's life mirrors the triumph and tragedy of 19th century America. Now, thanks to this effort, we have groundbreaking new research into who Pierce was, and how he continues to impact our nation.
I hope that
this resource provides the information, links, and contacts to help
to better understand Franklin Pierce, his times, and the history
of America. As he departed Concord, NH, to fight in the Mexican
War, Pierce said, "I will come back with honor, or I will not
come back at all."
Jayme H. Simões
Chairman, Franklin Pierce Bicentennial