Franklin Pierce
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"Franklin Pierce" was the List of Presidents of the United States/14th President of the United States (1853–1857). Genial and well-spoken, Pierce was a northern Democratic Party (United States)/Democrat who saw the abolitionism in the United States/abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. His polarizing actions in championing and signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act failed to stem intersectional conflict, setting the stage for Southern secession, and leaving him widely regarded as one of the historical rankings of U.S. Presidents/worst presidents in U.S. history.

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The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.

With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined.

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.

There's nothing left . . . but to get drunk.

Defense was the name of the game, ... This is a big win for the program — a huge win. We were knocking on the door last year and we thought we could get it going this year.