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The faculty of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law have voted to support the removal of ‘Franklin Pierce’ from the law school’s name.

This comes less than a month after UNH announced it would evaluate the name, in light of concerns raised by students about racism at the school and Franklin Pierce's ties to slavery.

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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is rethinking its name, in light of concerns raised by students about President Franklin Pierce's opposition to abolition.

In a press release late Friday, the law school announced that it has “begun to evaluate the law school’s name as part of the national conversation around historical and cultural symbols of the past.” It is also developing a task force to recommend ways to promote racial justice and inclusion.

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Members of the U.S. Army National Guard as well as a group of 2nd graders from the Christa McAuliffe School gathered at the Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday to mark the 215th birthday of Franklin Pierce. 

Pierce is the only United States president to hail from New Hampshire, serving a single term from 1853 through 1857.

Franklin Pierce University is offering free tuition, room, and board for the fall semester to up to 20 college students displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Linda Quimby, vice president of enrollment at Franklin Pierce, says the move is meant, in part, to send a message to current students about moral leadership.

“We do think it sends a powerful message. And we also feel that it’s a way that Franklin Pierce can best reach out to individuals who may be impacted by the storm.”

Re-Examining the Franklin Pierce Legacy

Dec 7, 2016

Ninety autographed  Franklin Pierce letters recently came up for auction, garnering attention for the New Hampshire-born politician.  We look at his legacy and the context in which he governed, as well as his dubious honor of being known as one of America's worst presidents,  for his mishandling of the issue of slavery leading to the civil war. We also discover items from the New Hampshire Historical Society which gives us some insight into Pierce.


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.

We started the week with a presidential inauguration, and on All Things Considered we looked at Franklin Pierce, the only president to hail from New Hampshire and one who added some unique touches to his inaugural ceremonies.

Well, we’re ending the week with another bit of Pierce lore – the 14th president has now made candy history by earning his own PEZ dispenser.

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Every American president has taken the same oath of office that President Barack Obama took earlier today - every president except one.