Historical Society Makes Bid For Franklin Pierce Papers

Nov 22, 2016

A portrait of Franklin Pierce, the only U.S. President to come from New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Historical Society is bidding on papers from Franklin Pierce, the only president to have come from the Granite State.

The papers, including 90 letters between Pierce and his secretary Sidney Webster, are being auctioned by Auction at Doyle on Tuesday in New York. The letters are estimated to be worth between $15,000 and $30,000.

The society's president Bill Dunlap says the papers would bolster what is already considered the best collection of Pierce-related items. Pierce was president from 1853 to 1857.

Pierce, whose 212th birthday falls on Wednesday, is also being remembered at the Old North Cemetery in Concord. The New Hampshire Army National Guard laid a wreath Tuesday at the 14th president's gravesite. Christa McAuliffe School students and the Governor's Horse Guard were also present.