"Franklin Pierce, the new president"

 Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was the 14th American President, serving from 1853 to 1857. Pierce's three children all died in childhood; his youngest died at the age of 11, killed in a train wreck shortly before his father's inauguration.

Pierce, a Democrat, is also now viewed as one of the worst presidents in America's history: his leadership set the country on a course towards civil war, during which time he supported the southern Confederacy. Pierce's private life was extremely unhappy: his wife never recovered from the death of their children, and he was an alcoholic, eventually dying of cirrhosis in 1869.