The Presidents of the USA
Kansas-Nebraska Act reheated the slavery issue and divided U.S.
William King (1853), none (1853-1857)
Senator (NH) 1837-42
key background fact:
A "dark-horse" candidate who won a landslide victory in election
Brigadier Gen. of Volunteers (State militia) - wounded in Mexican war
Jane Means Appleton (1834)
Bowdoin College, B.A.
"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."
actions & events
- 1853 Gadsden Purchase. Land from Mexico.
- 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act. Slavery Debate reheated.
- "border ruffians" and "jayhawkers" clash in Kansas
- 1854 Ostend Manifesto. Crisis over a leaked doc about Cuba purchase
- 1854 Treaty with Japan negotiated by Commodore Matthew Perry
- Installed central-heating and the first hot water bathroom in White House.
- The only president who could not win his party’s nomination again.
He was arrested while in office for running over an old woman with his horse.
His third and last surviving child, died in a railroad accident two months before his inauguration.
As president, he made many divisive decisions which were widely criticized and earned him a reputation as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.
"Forcing slavery down the throat"