Date of Birth: November 23, 1804
Place of Birth: Hillsborough, New Hampshire, U.S.
Date of Death: October 8, 1869
Place of Death: Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, as well as approximately 1/32 Welsh
Franklin Pierce was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 14th President of the United States, from March 4, 1853 to March 4, 1857. He was elected to the position in 1852.
He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire, from March 4, 1833 to March 3, 1837, and a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, from March 4, 1837 to February 28, 1842.
He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1856.
President Pierce was the son of Anna (Kendrick) and Benjamin Pierce, who was Governor of New Hampshire, from 1827 to 1828, and again from 1829 to 1830. His brother was career army officer Benjamin Kendrick Pierce. President Pierce was of entirely Colonial American descent. His ancestry was English, along with a Welsh great-great-great-grandfather. He was married to Jane Means (Appleton) Pierce, with whom he had three children.
President Pierce was a fourth cousin, four times removed, of U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce). His great-great-great-grandparents, Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth Cole, were also Barbara’s seven times great-grandparents. Thomas Pierce was born, c. 1618, in England.
President Pierce’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Pierce (the son of Stephen Pierce and Esther Fletcher). Benjamin was born in Massachusetts. Stephen was the son of Stephen Pierce and Tabitha Parker. Esther was the daughter of William Fletcher and Sarah Richardson.
President Pierce’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Merrill (the daughter of Abel Merrill and Sarah Bodwell). Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. Abel was the son of John Merrill and Lucy Webster. Sarah was the daughter of Henry Bodwell, who was born in London, England, and of Bethiah Emery.
President Pierce’s maternal grandfather was Benjamin Kendrick (the son of Caleb Kendrick and Abigail Bowen). Benjamin was born in Massachusetts. Caleb was the son of John Kendrick and Esther Green/Hall. Abigail was the daughter of John Bowen, whose father was Welsh, from Gower, Glamorgan, and of Hannah Brewer.
President Pierce’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Harris (the daughter of Stephen Harris and Mary Usher). Sarah was born in Massachusetts. Stephen was the son of Timothy Harris and Phebe/Phoebe Pearson. Mary was the daughter of John Usher and Elizabeth Allen.