Happy Birthday, President Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States and a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1824, was born on this day 206 years ago.

In addition to those claims to fame, Pierce remains the only president hailing from New Hampshire and, at Bowdoin, formed lasting friendships with writers who would  go on to greatness of their own, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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