THE PIERCE MANSE
April 25, 2017
The Pierce family lived in what is now known as the Pierce Manse from 1842-1848. The Manse sits on Horseshoe Pond Lane, which connects to North Main Street. These streets are part of the Concord Historical District.
Franklin Pierce, son of Revolutionary War veteran and New Hampshire Governor Benjamin Pierce, was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire in 1804. Before becoming the 14th President of the United States in 1852, he was elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Pierce was the youngest Speaker of the New Hampshire Legislature and served as a Brigadier General in the Mexican War.
Pierce married Jane Appleton in 1834 and had three sons. All three of the Pierce sons died as children, a tragedy from which the President and Mrs. Pierce never fully recovered.*
Mister turkey vulture stopped for a quick break to check out the view on one of the Manse’s chimneys.
President Pierce reduced the national debt by 60% from $75 million to $35 million, established the office of the United States Attorney General, modernized the Army and Navy, improved relations with Canada, established trade with Japan and expanded our national borders. He kept the nation from war and was said to be the most honest and ethical president up to that time.
The attached barn was added to this site in 1993. In 2007, the Manse underwent a second renovation to expand space and capacity to host members of the public and student groups.*