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Service honors President Franklin Pierce

The nation’s only president from New Hampshire was remembered in honor of his 209th birthday yesterday.

Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, was honored in Old North Cemetery in Concord. The New Hampshire Army National Guard lay a wreath at his grave site, joined by students from Christa McAuliffe School and the Governor’s Horse Guard.

The wreath is sent annually from the White House and commemorates the president’s date of birth and contributions serving in the country’s highest office. Pierce was president from 1853 to 1857. His actual birthdate is Nov. 23, 1804.

Pierce was born in Hillsboro. From 1829 to 1832, he served in the New Hampshire Legislature and was speaker from 1831 to 1832.

From 1833 to 1837, Pierce served as a member of the U.S. House of Representative as a Democrat. In 1836 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. When he took his seat the following year, he was 32 years old, the youngest member of the Senate.

In 1842, Pierce resigned his seat and returned to New Hampshire to practice law. During the Mexican War, Pierce enlisted and soon became a brigadier general.

At the time of his election, Pierce was the youngest president ever at 48.

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