NH’s only President would be 209 years old this weekend
The nation’s 14th President, Pierce had a meteoric rise through the state’s and the nation’s political hierarchy before his fellow Democrats abandoned him in 1858 in favor of eventual winner James Buchanan.
In the 1830s, Pierce was New Hampshire’s U.S. Representative in Washington and later became U.S. Senator before resigning in 1841 at his wife’s urging.
When the national party sought a pro-slavery northerner to run for President he fit the bill and ran against his former commander in the Mexican American War, General Winfield Scott, in 1852.