The 14th president of the United States who was a doughface, meaning a Northerner who sympathized with the South.
He was well-liked personally, but severely unpopular as president as his later support for the Confederacy was a death knell to his reputation.
He was friends with two of America's greatest writers: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
He had a successful private law practice in New Hampshire that led to many professional opportunities, most of which he turned down.
He fathered three sons with his wife, Jane Means Appleton, none of whom reached adolescence or lived to see their father become president.
- The meaning of the name Pierce: Rock