“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Former U.S. Presidents: #14 Franklin Pierce Historical Markers

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By William Fischer, Jr.
United States Commanders in Chief Markers
1 Arkansas, Benton County, Bella Vista — United States Commanders in Chief
[Written on the initial marker, provided for context] Our Constitution names the President of the United States the Commander in Chief of all the Armed Forces. Presidents who have served in our military are displayed on the following . . . Map (db m92384) HM WM
2 District of Columbia, Washington, Northwest Washington, Penn Quarter — The New WillardErected 1901
Site of Joshua Tennison's Hotel 1818. John Strother 1821. Basil Williamson 1824. Frederick Barnard 1828. Proprietor of Mansion Hotel, Azariah Fuller American House 1833. City Hotel 1843. Willard's Hotel 1847-1901. Distinguished Guests . . . Map (db m6618) HM
3 Georgia, Pierce County, Blackshear — 113-1 — Pierce County
This County, created by Act of the Legislature December 18, 1857, is named for Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire Democrat and fourteenth President of the United States, 1853 to `57. He was a General in the Mexican War. Blackshear, incorporated . . . Map (db m24037) HM
4 Indiana, Marion County, Indianapolis, Downtown — 49.2011.1 — Isaac Blackford
Born 1786 in New Jersey; admitted to the bar 1810. Residing in Vincennes, Indiana Territory in 1815; later elected Speaker of the first state House of Representatives. In September 1817, Governor Jennings appointed Blackford to Indiana Supreme . . . Map (db m60668) HM
5 Kansas, Shawnee County, Topeka — 15 — Capital City of Kansas
Before it became the Kansas capital, Topeka was the seat of a free-state government — an alternative to the official proslavery territorial legislature elected in 1855. These two bodies represented opposing factions in Kansas’ battle over . . . Map (db m118962) HM
6 Kansas, Shawnee County, Topeka — 15 — Capital of Kansas Reported permanently removed
Topeka was founded in 1854 at the site of Papan's Ferry where a branch of the Oregon Trail crossed the Kansas river as early as 1842. Anti-slavery leaders framed the Topeka Constitution, 1855, in the first attempt to organize a state government. The . . . Map (db m20479) HM
7 Kansas, Wabaunsee County, Paxico — 106 — Historical Kansas
When Kansas territory was opened for white settlement on May 30, 1854, a bitter contest developed over the slavery question. Established the following December, Topeka, 25 miles ahead, favored the Free-State cause even though the territorial . . . Map (db m55359) HM
8 Kentucky, Union County, Sturgis — 211 — U. S. Treasurer
Samuel Casey, 1788-1859, Treasurer of the United States, 1853-59, under Presidents Pierce and Buchanan. He resided 1811-1859 in Caseyville, three miles west. Elected clerk of Circuit and County Courts; later, 1830-32, member of the State Senate.Map (db m123922) HM
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9 Maryland, Baltimore, Downtown — Fish Market
Baltimore's first fish market stood near the site of this structure as searly as 1773. The first market building, Centre Market, was authorized by act of the State legislature in 1784. It was also known as Marsh Market since it was built on Thomas . . . Map (db m7322) HM
10 Maryland, St. Mary's County, Piney Point — Piney Point“Summer White House”
The Piney Point area possesses its own unique social history and charm. Named for the loblolly and long leaf yellow pines along the shoreline, Piney Point became the social center of Washington D.C. between 1820 and 1910. President James Monroe . . . Map (db m94280) HM
11 Massachusetts, Essex County, Rockport — First Congregational Church of Rockport Steeple Rehabilitation
The Project This is the bell from the steeple of the First Congregational Church of Rockport. It is the bell that is rung hourly by the Town Clock, still owned by the Town of Rockport. It is also rung by means of a rope and bell wheel on . . . Map (db m115529) HM
12 Massachusetts, Essex County, Rockport — The First Settlers of Sandy Bay
To the glory of God and in honor of the first settlers of Sandy Bay The First Parish in Rockport was constituted in 1755. The corner stone of this meeting house laid in 1803. The tower was shattered by a British bombardment in 1814. . . . Map (db m73110) HM
13 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll, Bretton Woods — 087 — Crawford House
Abel Crawford and son, Ethan Allen Crawford, built the first Crawford House in 1828. It was run by Ethan's brother, Thomas, until sold in 1852. Fires in 1854 and 1859 destroyed the original inn and a replacement. Col. Cyrus Eastman erected the . . . Map (db m75236) HM
14 New Hampshire, Grafton County, Littleton — Host to History
Thayer’s Inn has welcomed countless guests over the years. Among them have been the famous (and the infamous). A brief listing includes visiting Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Also stopping here . . . Map (db m116234) HM
15 New Hampshire, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough — 065 — Pierce Homestead
The Pierce Homestead was built in 1804 by Benjamin Pierce, a general in the American Revolution, twice governor of New Hampshire (1827-28, 1829-30), and father of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States (1853-57). Franklin Pierce . . . Map (db m83659) HM
16 New Hampshire, Merrimack County, Concord — Franklin Pierce
Fourteenth President of the United States Born at Hillsborough New Hampshire November 23, 1804 A lawyer who loved his profession and was a great leader in it. Member New Hampshire Legislature at 25 and Speaker at 27 Congressman at 29 United States . . . Map (db m81834) HM
17 New Hampshire, Merrimack County, Concord — 080 — Franklin Pierce1804 – 1869 — Fourteenth President of the United States (1853 – 1857) —
Lies buried in nearby Minot enclosure. Native son of New Hampshire, graduate of Bowdoin College, lawyer, effective political leader, Congressman and U.S. Senator, Mexican War veteran, courageous advocate of States’ Rights, he was popularly known as . . . Map (db m77802) HM
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18 New Hampshire, Merrimack County, Concord — Site of Home of President Franklin Pierce
Site of Home of President Franklin Pierce 1856 to Date of Death 1869Map (db m130175) HM
19 New Hampshire, Merrimack County, Concord — State House GroundsDowntown Concord — Est. 1725 —
Honoring New Hampshire History The State House grounds hold the state's foremost display of sculpture and memorials, many fashioned from local granite. After Concord became the state capital in 1808, its citizens donated land to erect . . . Map (db m115908) HM
20 New Hampshire, Merrimack County, Concord — 125 — The Pierce Manse
One tenth of a mile east of here stands the only house in Concord owned (1842-1848) by Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States. Removed to this site in 1971 from Montgomery Street, it was restored by the Pierce Brigade. Opened to the . . . Map (db m130013) HM
21 New Hampshire, Rockingham County, Portsmouth — Nation's Oldest Bank
[Upper Marker:] 22/26 Market Square Built 1803 The Oldest Bank Building New Hampshire Bank 1803-1842 Portsmouth Savings Bank 1823-C.1950 Piscataqua Bank 1842-1863 Piscataqua Exchange Bank 1844-1863 First National Bank of . . . Map (db m74731) HM
22 Ohio, Belmont County, Barnesville — 7-7 — Governor Wilson Shannon 1802-1877 / Barnesville’s Shannon Family
Governor Wilson Shannon (1802–1877), Ohio, first native-born governor, Wilson Shannon was born in February 1802 in the Mt. Olivet area near Barnesville. After attending Ohio University and studying law in Kentucky, he returned to Belmont . . . Map (db m21055) HM
23 Ohio, Mahoning County, Canfield — 31-50 — Elisha Whittlesey
Side A: On this site stood the home of Elisha and Polly Mygatt Whittlesey and their ten children. Also here was his law office and a records office that was moved in 1965 to Pioneer Village at the Canfield Fairgrounds. Already an attorney in . . . Map (db m65433) HM
24 Oregon, Josephine County, Grants Pass — No Land is Free
The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and, in their property, rights, and liberty, they shall never be invaded or disturbed, unless in . . . Map (db m112807) HM
25 Oregon, Yamhill County, Dayton — Pioneer Park and Blockhouse
This Pioneer Park and Blockhouse honors General Joel Palmer, Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory from 1853 to 1857. Appointed by President Franklin Pierce. Frontiersman, author, legislator and friend of the Indian. His journal, . . . Map (db m114312) HM
26 Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, Harrisburg — Sylvan Heights Mansion
"The Acropolis of Harrisburg" is a way in which to describe this Greek Revival, temple-like edifice that rests on a mound of retaining walls jutting from Allison Hill. Although these walls are relatively recent, built when the structure was . . . Map (db m6830) HM
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27 Pennsylvania, Franklin County, Cove Gap, Peters Township — President James Buchanan
The incorruptible statesman whose walk was upon the mountain ranges of the law.” Life long friend Jermiah S. Black U.S. Attorney General 1857-1860, U.S. Secretary of State 1860-1861
This . . . Map (db m58657) HM
28 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia — Glen Foerd on the DelawareCity of Philadelphia, Neighborhood of Torresdale — The King's Highway Foundation —
This historic mansion and estate was built as a summer home circa 1850 in the Italianate style by Charles Macalester, Jr., a prosperous businessman and banker. He held close personal relations with Presidents Jackson, Van Buren, Polk, Pierce, . . . Map (db m194951) HM
29 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Society Hill — James Campbell
James Campbell was born in Philadelphia on September 1, 1812. He studied law and was admitted to the Bar on Sept. 14, 1833. He was made a commissioner for the district of Southwark for the city of Philadelphia. He was appointed to the Board of . . . Map (db m213973) HM
30 Texas, Brewster County, Marathon — The U.S. Army Camel Experiment
Camels in the Big Bend Camel ancestors first appeared in North America approximately 40 million years ago. Modern camels migrated to Asia over a land bridge that submerged when sea level rose at the end of the last Ice Age. Camels became . . . Map (db m111499) HM
31 Texas, Hutchinson County, Borger — 17949 — Beale Road
Edward Fitzgerald “Ned” Beale was a significant figure in 19th century America. In his long career, he was a naval officer, military general, explorer, diplomat, rancher and frontiersman. He fought in the U.S. - Mexico War, emerging as a . . . Map (db m93344) HM
32 Texas, Nueces County, Corpus Christi — 213 — Artesian Park and Sulphur Well
After a convention of Republic of Texas citizens accepted terms on July 4, 1845, for annexation to the United States, General Zachary Taylor brought 4,000 men of the U.S. 3rd infantry to Corpus Christi to defend the embryonic state from Indians or . . . Map (db m134467) HM
33 Vermont, Chittenden County, Burlington, South End — Site of the American House1808 - 1893
Site of the American House 1808-1893 Presidents Monroe, Van Buren, Pierce, Grant Generals Scott, Wool, Hampton Henry Clay, and other famous famous people entertained here.Map (db m21813) HM
34 Virginia, Fairfax County, Fairfax — Ox Hill Battlefield Park & Interpretive Trail★ The Battle of Ox Hill ★
This small park is the last remnant of Fairfax County’s only major Civil War battlefield. The Battle of Ox Hill, also known as the “Battle of Chantilly,” lasted but a few hours on the afternoon of September 1, 1862. Here, some 6,000 Union troops . . . Map (db m182229) HM
35 Virginia, Fairfax County, Fairfax — Who Fought Here: The Generals★ The Battle of Ox Hill ★
Brig. Gen. Isaac I. Stevens, USA: • Born North Andover, Massachusetts, 1818 • West Point 1839 • Corps of Engineers • Mexican War, wounded, 1847 • Post war, US Coast Survey • Resigned US Army, 1853 • Appointed first governor of Washington . . . Map (db m182217) HM
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36 West Virginia, Greenbrier County, White Sulphur Springs — President's Cottage
Built in 1834-1835 by Stephen Henderson First Summer White House Occupied by Martin Van Buren John Tyler Millard Fillmore Franklin Pierce James BuchananMap (db m85210) HM
37 West Virginia, Hampshire County, Capon Lake — Capon Springs
Capon Springs bears Indian name meaning the "Medicine Waters." Discovered in 1765. Famous resort of early days. President Franklin Pierce, Daniel Webster, and his guest, Sir Henry Bulwer, the British Minister, were among guests.Map (db m50808) HM
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Jun. 8, 2023