Editor says, what if the Andover train disaster had killed Franklin Pierce? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread.
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Editor says, in authoring this article we refer to Tragic Death of Franklin Pierce Birth of William R. King, 14th US President. Also we have repurposed content from Wikipedia and Hail To The Chief .. David Rice Atchison? which concludes ~ [in OTL] He also tried to overturn the Compromise of 1850 and extend slavery into the newly formed states of Kansas and Nebraska. It was Atchison himself that influenced the popular sovereignty clause in the Missouri Comprise with the intended result begin the extension of slavery into the western states. Atchison was such a believer in his cause that he even formed his own militia, better known to history as "Border Ruffians". He and his "Ruffians" head out into Kansas and took over a voting station and forged over ten thousand votes in favor slave labor in Kansas. Atchison also established the pro-slavery settlement of Atchison, Kansas. Yet even with the actions of Atchison and many who shared his views, Kansas would enter the Union as a free state after an official vote was held. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.