Franklin Pierce is one of the more interesting figures of the mid-19th century. After Andrew Jackson left office in 1837, he was succeeded by a series of presidents who have largely been forgotten by the public. And while Pierce was no Washington, Jefferson, or Jackson, he certainly made his mark on American history. He entered the presidency at a time when America was increasingly divided, and through his leadership prevented those divisions from tearing the nation apart. Ever since he left office, he has been praised for his actions as president. However, more recent historians are divided on the legacy of Franklin Pierce. Some praise his leadership abilities and willingness to compromise for the good of his country. Others take a more critical view. Critical historians portray him as a warmonger and a man who had no conscience when it came to issues like slavery. Here the reader will simply find a presentation of the facts, and is free to come to his or her own conclusions.