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The Course of Empire: The Savage State
Oil on canvas (relined)
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The subject, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Merrill) Pierce, was born and raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He served in the Continental Army and fought at Bunker Hill. He and his second wife, Anna Kendrick, whom he married in 1790, were the parents of Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States. The elder Pierce also held political offices, including that of governor of the state of New Hampshire. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-granddaughter.
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