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Franklin Pierce

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Definition: 14th president. He signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act into law. He began his political career in the New Hampshire state legislature, becoming its Speaker at age 26. He then served in both the House and Senate, representing New Hampshire. He served in the Mexican War, then won the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1852. He campaigned on a platform of continued peace (thanks to the Compromise of 1850). He promised continued peace when he was inaugurated. But peace didn't continue, largely because of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which reopened the question of slavery in the West. Pierce managed to anger both Northerners and Southerners and was not allowed to run for re-election. Instead, the Democrats chose James Buchanan.

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