Franklin Pierce

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About Franklin Pierce

The 14th President of the United States, he faced criticism for being a “doughface,” meaning a Northerner who sympathized with the South. His enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act did little to dispel this reputation, and he is often ranked among the country’s worst presidents.

Early life

He had a successful private law practice in New Hampshire that led to many professional opportunities, most of which he turned down.

Trivia

He was well-liked personally, but severely unpopular as president as his later support for the Confederacy was a death knell to his reputation.

Family of Franklin Pierce

He fathered three sons with his wife, Jane Means Appleton, none of whom reached adolescence or lived to see their father become president.

Close associates of Franklin Pierce

He was friends with two of America’s greatest writers: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Barack Obama

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About Barack Obama

44th President of the United States who became the first African-American to hold the office. He became known for his economic stimulus legislation and healthcare reform. 

Early life

He spent four years in Jakarta as a child where he learned to speak Indonesian and was introduced to dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper. He later taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago from 1992 until 2004. 

Trivia

He served three terms in the 13th District of the Illinois Senate from 1997 until 2004. He ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2000, but was defeated. He represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 2005 to 2008. 

Family of Barack Obama

His mother Ann Dunham was born in Kansas and his father Barack Obama Sr. was born in Kenya. They married in Hawaii in 1961 and separated later that year. He married Michelle Obama in October 1992. He and Michelle have two daughters, Malia and Sasha. 

Close associates of Barack Obama

He defeated Republican candidate John McCain to win the presidency in 2008. 

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George W. Bush

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About George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States who narrowly defeated Al Gore in the 2000 election despite losing the popular vote, then won re-election against John Kerry in 2004. The tragic September 11 terrorist attacks occurred just eight months into his first presidential term and in response, he called for the War on Terror, which ultimately led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Early life

He was a baseball player, and head cheerleader at his boarding school. He studied at Yale University before later obtaining an MBA from Harvard. He served as the governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Trivia

His approval ratings after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were among the highest of any president in history. Conversely, his approval ratings following the 2008 financial crisis were among the lowest of any president. 

Family of George W. Bush

He married Laura Bush in 1977 and in 1981, he and Laura welcomed fraternal twins Barbara and Jenna Bush. He and his father, 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush, were the second father and son to achieve the presidency in American history. 

Close associates of George W. Bush

He has four siblings named Jeb, Neil, Dorothy and Marvin.

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Donald Trump

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About Donald Trump

The 45th president of the United States, he first made his mark as a successful businessman, becoming a prominent a real estate developer. He founded The Trump Organization and was the host of the popular reality TV series The Apprentice. 

Early life

He played football, soccer, and baseball at the New York Military Academy as a teenager. He later graduated from the prestigious Wharton School of Business.

Trivia

He was owner of the New Jersey Generals in the short-lived USFL in the 1980’s. The league ultimately failed when it tried to directly compete with NFL games.

Family of Donald Trump

He was married to Ivana Trump from 1977 to 1992 and Marla Maples from 1993 to 1999. He then married Melania Trump in 2005. He has three sons named Eric, Barron and Donald Jr. and two daughters named Ivanka and Tiffany. His parents were Mary and Fred Trump.

Close associates of Donald Trump

In August of 2015, he was critical of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s line of questioning during the first Republican debate. He later refused to show up for a Fox News debate to protest how the network had treated him.

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John Adams

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About John Adams

One of the United States’ Founding Fathers, as well as its first vice president and its second president.

Early life

His father wanted him to be a minister, but he instead opted to become a lawyer. He rose to fame as a vehement critic of the Stamp Act of 1765.

Trivia

He controversially defended the British soldiers who were responsible for killing five civilians in the 1770 Boston Massacre.

Family of John Adams

He relied heavily on his wife, Abigail, for advice and insight, and their prolific correspondence became legendary. They married on October 25, 1764, and their children were named Nabby, John Quincy, Susanna, Charles, Thomas, and Elizabeth.

Close associates of John Adams

He served as vice president to the first president of the United States, George Washington.

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