Josiah Pierce on Pierce inauguration, Washington, D.C., 1853

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Josiah Pierce on Pierce inauguration, Washington, D.C., 1853

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Josiah Pierce of Portland visited Washington, D.C., in February and March 1853, in part to gain support for his efforts to become a consul or another diplomatic appointment.

While there, he attended the inauguration of Franklin Pierce, a distant cousin to his family. He said the affair was "not very showy or impression for any qualities of magnificence." He thought the soldiers looked "shabby."

He could not hear much of Pierce's speech, but said it drew applause and shouts from Whigs and Democrats. He added, "I suppose Abolitionists, Filibusters and fanatics generally will not like it --"

Pierce (1827-1913) was a lawyer in Portland. The letter spans February 26 to March 4, 1853.

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  • Title: Josiah Pierce on Pierce inauguration, Washington, D.C., 1853
  • Creator: Pierce, Josiah
  • Creation Date: 1853
  • Subject Date: 1853
  • Town: Washington
  • State: DC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Collection: Pierce family collection
  • Object Type: Text

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