This biography introduces readers to the life of Franklin Pierce including his military service, early political career, and key events from Pierce's administration including the Gadsden Purchase, the Treaty of Kanagawa, and Bleeding Kansas. Information about his childhood, family, personal life, and retirement years is included. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars provide additional information. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy Books is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.