Nov. 23, 1804 - Oct. 8, 1869State: New Hampshire Religion: Episcopal Marriage: Jane Means Appleton Military service: Served in the Mexican War 1846-1848, reaching the rank of brigadier general Party: Democrat Term: March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1857 Vice President: William Rufus de Vane King 1853, died after only 44 days in office; vacant 1853-1857 Highlights of presidency: Pierce acquired the southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico from Mexico and completed the current outline of the 48 contiguous states. Did you know? Franklin Pierce is the only president to say "I promise" instead of "I swear" at his inauguration. He gave his 3,319-word inaugural address from memory, without the aid of notes. He was the only president to have no turnover in his Cabinet. In retirement, he spoke out against the federal government attempting to curb slavery and denounced Lincoln's war policy.