Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire's favorite son
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Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire's favorite son (Franklin Pierce #1)

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Biography of Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire native and 14th president of the United States. Volume covers Pierce to the night of his inauguration.
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published November 11th 2004 by Plaidswede Pub. (first published October 2004)
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one time, a drunken man threw an egg at franklin pierce.

Peter Wallner’s two-volume biography of Franklin Pierce is the most recent comprehensive look at Pierce’s life and presidency. The first volume is “Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son” published in 2004. Prior to writing this biography Wallner moved to New Hampshire in order to more fully research Pierce’s life. Previously he was a history teacher; he is now a professor at Franklin Pierce College.

This first volume covers Pierce’s life from his ch...more
Mark Roth
This is the first of a two-volume biography of Franklin Pierce, America's 14th president. This volume chronicles the time between Pierce's birth and his inauguration as president.

The author portrays Pierce as a very capable politician who was less focused on personal glory than on preserving the union and keeping the Democratic party united during a time of growing sectional conflict leading up to the civil war. While his argument seems reasonable in many ways, there are a few unconvincing parts...more
Wallner provides an excellent biography on the life of Franklin Peirce however this book does not include his time as president. It provides an excellent overview on how Pierce attained the presidency and his turbulent if unknown political career came to fruition. The book clearly assesses his role in helping to shape many political outcomes in New Hampshire and focuses a little on his time in the congress. What is truly impressive about Pierce and his attainment of the presidency is that he doe...more
Daniel Farabaugh
The author of this book faced the daunting task of taking one of our more obscure presidents and making him interesting. At times he over reaches and also over excuses his subject. Aside from that he does a good job of showing his rise to prominence. He comes across as a man of some skills that is able to rise to the presidency by being the least objectionable choice.
Jerry Landry
Great first volume in a two-volume series on our fourteenth president. This one focuses on Pierce's early life up to his first night in the White House. Very insightful in its examination of Pierce's rise to power. I greatly enjoy Wallner's writing style and pacing -- detailed yet not clunky, very easy flowing.
I think this is my saddest prez bio ending yet! Maybe even sadder than Polk arranging his library! And this was only part one of a two-volumer, and now he's just heading to the White House. On to part two and his presidency.
Ian Mullet
the best book i ever read about franklin pierce's early life. can't wait to read the sequel! blows away any biography of lincoln.
A decent history of his life up to the time he is inaugurate President. Only for really serious Presidential history dorks.
1st of a 2-volume bio. Interesting and a pretty easy read. Liked it enough to move on to volume 2.
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