Franklin Pierce was the 14th president of the United States from November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869.

Behind the Scenes

Franklin Pierce is mentioned in Big Nate more than all the other U.S. presidents combined and the reason for this was mentioned in Lincoln Peirce's blog when he said, "Well, I'm not related to Franklin Pierce -- his name is spelled and pronounced differently than mine -- but I do feel a certain kinship with the man. That's because Franklin Pierce was the only US president from New Hampshire. As a boy growing up in New Hampshire, I was proud to learn that my home state had produced a president…until I started reading about Franklin Pierce and discovered that he is generally considered one of the lamest presidents in US history! So whenever I want to refer to a historical figure whose name is synonymous with failure, I always think of Franklin Pierce. Big Nate obviously shares my low opinion of the 14th president."


  • Clara Godfrey told her class that Pierce wasn't famous enough to get his picture on any money.
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