Thursday, April 14, 2011

Welcome to a New Follower/Another Forgotten President Quick Peek

A hearty welcome to the blog to J. R. SANDERS, author of The Littlest Wrangler published by Moonlight Mesa Associates.  

As President, Franklin Pierce made many divisive decisions which were widely criticized and earned him the reputation as one of the worst Presidents in U. S. history. He was the Pres from 1853-1857, prior to James Buchanan, and the only Pres from New Hampshire. One of his problems, if not the major one, was that he was pro-slavery, and signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act which repealed the Missouri Compromise prohibiting slavery in the Louisiana Territory but allowing it in Missouri and renewed the debate over expanding slavery in the WEST. The Kansas-Nebraska Act created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and allowed the citizens to decide if they wanted slavery. Its main purpose was to provide for the Transcontinetal Railroad  One of his successes was the Gadsden Purchase where he bought southern New Mexico and southern Arizona for ten million dollars to build a southern railroad.. 

That's President Pierce pulling the beard of the Free-Soilier and President Buchanan pulling on the hair as Stephen A. Douglas shoves a black man down his throat. (Source: Wikipedia. Image is in the public domain due to its age.) 

The Emancipation Proclamation of Pres Lincoln ended the prospect of more slavery in the West, but it took a Civil War to do it.


  1. Fascinating old cartoon, Oscar. I've read a bio on Pierce and found him to be an interesting president.

  2. The national politics of the years preceding the War put the present battles in Washington into perspective. Some things never change.

  3. David, I don't know on what basis they choose the "worst" President, whether political, economical or social decisions or all three, but looking back on them, they are interesting from one perspective or another, unless you were in the opposition party.

    Ron, it's business as usual and they keep talking about changing Washington. Uh-huh.

  4. Well in the case of Grant the sheer amount of corruption in his administration was staggering. He was a two term pres but initially was considered a poor leader. Now his take on race relations is appreciated by the 21st century and his lot is improving. So that best and worst list is forever shifting with the times.

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