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Document Signed by President Franklin Pierce. "An Act Granting Bounty Land to Certain Officers and Soldiers Engaged in Military Service of the United States." Document with Land Seal and various signatures, including that of President Franklin Pierce. Dimensions: 16" x 10" and folded in thirds.

President Franklin Pierce.

Published by July 9, 1853., 1853
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, came to office during a period of growing tension between the North and South. A politician of limited ability, Pierce was behind one of the most crucial pieces of legislation in American history. Although he did not author the Kansas-Nebraska Act, he did encourage its passage by Congress. And that piece of legislation set the nation on its path to civil war. Like many American politicians, Franklin Pierce's career was aided by his father, a two-term governor of New Hampshire. Before he was thirty, Franklin Pierce had served in the New Hampshire legislature and had been elected to the U.S. Congress wherehe served as both a congressman and senator. Bored and lonely in Washington, the young congressman developed a drinking problem and a reputation as agossipy Washington insider. In an attempt to settle down, the handsome, socially gregarious Pierce married Jane Means Appleton. Jane Pierce washer husband's opposite; she was painfully shy, deeply religious, often in bad health, and a strong advocate of the temperance movement. She detested Washington and refused to live there, even after Pierce became a U.S. senator in 1837. Indeed, Jane's disgust with the political life in Washington must have been behind Pierce's decision to resign from the Senate in 1841. Subsequently, Franklin Pierce served in the Mexican-American War, and in something of a surprise was elected President in 1852. After his presidency he retired to Concord, New Hampshire, where he died in 1869. Very good condition but somewhat faded. The red color of the US General Land Office Seal is washed out, but the "Franklin Pierce" signature is penned in dark ink, as is that of his Asst. Secretary. However, the red color shows throughthe verso. "Now Know Ye that there is herefore granted by the United States unto the said George W. Badger the tract of Land above described: To Have and to Hold the said tract of Land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said George W. Badger and to his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony whereof, I, Franklin Pierce, President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the Ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Fifty three and of the independence of the United States the seventy-eighth. By the President: Signed: "Franklin Pierce" and by the Asst. Sec'y, "Jno. H. Wheeler." (Probable Secretarial signature, as both signatures are written in the same ink and have the sale calligraphic qualities.)Grants, Vol. 127, p. 309. With the US General Land Office Seal Affixed. Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, came to office during a period of growing tension between the North and South. A politician of limited ability, Pierce was behind one of the most crucial pieces of legislation in American history. Although he did not author the Kansas-Nebraska Act, he did encourage its passage by Congress. And that piece of legislation set the nation on its path to civil war. Likemany American politicians, Franklin Pierce's career was aided by his father, a two-term governor of New Hampshire. Before he was thirty, Franklin Pierce had served in the New Hampshire legislature and had been elected to theU.S. Congress where he served as both a congressman and senator. Bored andlonely in Washington, the young congressman developed a drinking problem and a reputation as a gossipy Washington insider. In an attempt to settle down, the handsome, socially gregarious Pierce married Jane Means Appleton. Jane Pierce was her husband's opposite; she was painfully shy, deeply religious, often in bad health, and a strong advocate of the temperance mov. Bookseller Inventory # 4213

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Title: Document Signed by President Franklin Pierce...

Publisher: July 9, 1853.

Publication Date: 1853

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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