1837-1842, U.S. Senator Franklin Pierce


This U.S. Senator Franklin Pierce history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Franklin Pierce and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Franklin Pierce is the only president from New Hampshire.  While popular in his personal life, as president he was timid and unable to cope with a changing America.  He was a northerner with Southern sympathies, who served in both the House and Senate.  He became a brigadier general in the Army and took part in the Mexican-American War.  As president, Franklin Pierce supported the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which renewed debate favoring expansion of slavery in the West.  He failed to win the re-nomination from the Democratic Party in 1856.  During the Civil War, he declared support for the Confederacy.  He is widely considered one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.  He is a distant relative of former President Bush’s wife, Barbara.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population.  U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years.  Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures.  This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote.  The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.

Franklin Pierce was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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