Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Franklin Pierce

Second "dark horse" candidate. Lawyer politician. nicknamed the "fainting General". Enemyless, inconspicuous, prosouthern northerner, accepted into the slavery wing of Democratic party. Pierce's platformed revived Democratic commitment to territorial expansion as pursued by pold, endorsed Compromise of 1850, Anf Fugitive Slave Law. Opposed by the Whigs, "we accept the candidate, but we split on the platform". Won election of 52 by alot.  Wanted peirce to provoke war with spain and seize cuba. Wanted to impliment Ostend Menifesto but when word got out, dropped scheme.

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