The Franklin Pierce Pages are devoted to Franklin trivia. The author decided that Millard Fillmore had been too long trivialized as the most obscure President and decided to transfer this to Franklin Pierce. His assessment of Pierce’s term was:
Pierce was one of the stream of presidents who helplessly presided over a deteriorating union in the years leading up to the Civil War and Lincoln’s presidency. He was a Democrat who served one term from 1853 to 1857. Very little happened.
Some other trivia about Pierce’s life:
Pierce’s salad days were clearly in college at Bowdoin College in Maine. There, he was a classmate of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who later became a writer and author of The Scarlet Letter, as well as one of Pierce’s closest friends and advisors. At Bowdoin, Pierce also knew Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Initially, Pierce had too much fun and did too little studying. As a sophomore, his grades were at the bottom of the class. He improved his grades and went on to become a lawyer. Oh, and president, too.
This site also offers more articles and even a Pierce quiz. I managed a 90% - your turn! (NOTE: Read the article first unless you a complete Pierce trivia guru.)
One of other articles asks the question: What do you have to do to become one of the worst presidents ever? How do you manage to be largely forgotten, but when you are remembered, it is as the "fifth of six below-average presidents"? That's how a 1962 poll of historians ranked Franklin Pierce. It placed him "above Buchanan, and below Coolidge."
So take some time and learn a little about Franklin Pierce – reputedly the most handsome President (what do you think? Is it just me or is he really not that good looking? Maybe tastes have changed…)