Presidents’ Day: Remembering President Franklin Pierce, Class of 1824


On this Presidents’ Day, we remember Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States and a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1824. Pierce remains the only president hailing from New Hampshire and, at Bowdoin, formed lasting friendships with writers who would go on to greatness of their own, 1825 classmates Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


  1. The way to remember that Franklin Pierce was the 14th president is to count the letters in his name.

  2. Roger Tuveson '64 says:

    Another way, Sam, is the use the first initials of his name.

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