“With this aim and to this end the fathers of theRepublic framed the Constitution, in and by which the independent and sovereign States united themselves for certain specified objects and purposes, and for those only, leaving all powers not therein set forth as conferred on one or another of the three great departments — the legislative, the executive, and the judicial — indubitably with the States.”
“Is not this the worst form of despotism? Martial Law declared throughout the land, with the additional appendage of a band of prejudiced, passionate, irresponsible, abolition office holders, constituted as a special corps of accusers! What ideas must this Secretary have of the unlimited and unrestrained Central power when he assumes thus to impose duties upon and give instructions to “Superintendents or chiefs of police of any town City or district”? Let there be no more talk of Sovereign States, of Constitutional Rights—of trial by Jury—of legal protection for persons & property.”
|The Franklin Pierce Homestead in|
Hillsborough, where Pierce grew up, is
now a National Historic Landmark.
He was born in a nearby log cabin as
the homestead was being completed.
 “Franklin Pierce, Veto Message (May 3, 1854),” The American Presidency Project, September 14, 2013; available at http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=67850
 Franklin Pierce to John H. George, August 11, 1862, Pierce Papers, Library of Congress.
 Ibid, 332.
 Cynthia Crossen, “Historians Struggle to Give Franklin Pierce a Spotlight,” Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2013; available at http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1044919196169723703,00.html
 Nate Silver, “Contemplating Obama’s Place in History, Statistically,” New York Times, September 14, 2013; available at http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/contemplating-obamas-place-in-history-statistically/
 Jamie Frater, “Top 10 Worst US Presidents,” Listverse, September 14, 2013; available at http://listverse.com/2007/11/06/top-10-worst-us-presidents/
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