Statue of Franklin Piece in front of the state house.

Statue of Franklin Pierce

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Concord, New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce, America's 14th President, was unloved by many politicians in his home state, a Yankee who sympathized with the South and defended slavery as Constitutional. It was decades after his death before New Hampshire erected a statue of its only Chief Executive. Sculpted in bronze by Augustus Lukeman, unveiled in 1914 (on what would have been Pierce's 110th birthday), it depicts Pierce wearing a large bow tie and an even larger cape. Inscriptions on its granite base praise his ability as a lawyer and soldier, but tactfully omit any details of Pierce's political views or presidency, which is regarded as one of the worst of all time.

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Statue of Franklin Pierce

Address:
Main St., Concord, NH
Directions:
In front of the State House, on the northwest corner of Main and Capitol Sts.
Admission:
Free
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