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What was Franklin Pierce adult life like?


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January 12, 2015 10:04PM

He was successful at a lot of things -passed the bar and became a good trial lawyer- ran for office and was elected to the state legislature , then to both houses of the US Congress. He married the girl he wanted to marry, but she had mental problem of a sort. She bore him three children, but all died in infancy, one son in a tragic train accident just before he became President. He had a good military record in the Mexican War. However, he tended to drink too much . His Presidency was disappointing. He did not have a national power base and was put into the position by party bosses who expected to run the country.