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Franklin Pierce Land Office Certificates

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 20 Jul 2010

Biographical History

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853-1857). Prior to his presidency he served in both the House of Representatives (1833-1837) and the Senate (1837-1842) as a legislator from New Hampshire. Although a Northerner, he sympathized with the Southern cause during the American Civil War and was good friends with Jefferson Davis.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Franklin Pierce Land Office Certificates consists of two land office grants, signed by President Franklin Pierce. According to the grants, Marcus D. L. Simpson (or possibly Amos G. Stedman) received land in Dixon, Illinois for his service as a 2d Lieutenant during the Mexican War, and Horatio W. Sanford received 240 acres in Dubuque, Iowa.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Subject Headings


Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- General Land Office.


Bounties, Military.
Land grants -- Iowa.
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Veterans.

Genres and Forms

Land grants.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Franklin Pierce Land Office Certificates,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1970.

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