A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Jane Pierce
First Lady: 1853 - 1857
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  • Jane Pierce and Harriet Lane Program
  • Jane Pierce program opening clip
  • Franklin Pierce's career and Jane's view on politics
  • "Wasn't the happiest wedding day"
  • Author Barry Paris on Jane Pierce
  • Train Accident in Andover, MA
  • Jane and Benny Pierce's Letters
  • Life in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Richard Norton Smith on Jane Pierce
  • Jane and Franklin Pierce's relationship
  • A brief introduction to Jane Pierce and the family


Jane Pierce

Franklin Pierce
Quote about Jean Appleton Pierce: "No story in the history of the White House is more melancholy than that of Jane Pierce."

Born - March 12, 1806 in Hampton, New Hampshire

Parents - Jesse Appleton & Elizabeth Means Appleton

Married - November 19, 1834 to Franklin Pierce

Children - Franklin (1836),
Frank Robert (1839 – 1843),
Benjamin (1841 – 1853)

Died - December 2, 1863 in Andover, Massachusetts

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