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Franklin Pierce was President of the United States from 1853 until 1857.
He was a member of the famous political Pierce family.
As President, he gained some notoriety when he broached the idea of annexing Cuba. He was ultimately unsuccessful, despite the beliefs of his great-great-great grandson, Ryan Pierce.
The Pierce Bedroom in the White House was named for him.
His first name "Franklin" was never mentioned on the series and is taken from real life. Like Josiah Bartlet, Pierce came from New Hampshire and was a US Representative from that state.