Sunday, February 26, 2012


Young, handsome, and inoffensive enough that no one hated him, former New Hampshire Attorney General Franklin Pierce easily defeated his former Mexican War commander General Winfield Scott, who was disliked among southerners and Catholics. Unfortunately, a month after the election, Pierce, his wife Jane, and their 11-year-old son Bennie were in a train accident and Bennie was killed in front of the President-Elect. Pierce slipped into alcoholism, and, determining that Bennie’s death was punishment for his own sins, he was the first President to ‘affirm’ his inauguration on a law book, rather than swear it on a Bible. Jane, who saw her son’s body despite her husband’s attempts to shield it from her, exhibited such mourning that she was known as the “ghost of the White House”. Pierce is now known as one of the most ineffective Presidents in American history, and upon the end of his single term, he sighed and said “There’s nothing left . . . but to get drunk.”

1 comment:

  1. Can't say I blame him. I'd be pretty worthless too if my child died. Poor fella.


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