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Franklin Pierce: A Resource Guide

Franklin Pierce served as the fourteenth President of the United States (1853-57). This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Franklin Pierce, including the Franklin Pierce Papers held in the Library's Manuscript Division. Born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire on November 23, 1804, Pierce served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives (1829-33), the U.S. House of Representatives (1833-37), and the U.S. Senate (1837-42). Pierce also served as a brigadier general in the Mexican War (1847). In 1852, Franklin Pierce was elected the fourteenth President of the United States (1853-57) on the Democratic ticket.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Franklin Pierce such as manuscripts, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Pierce and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.