November 23 Birthday: Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce, U.S. President
Nov. 23, 1804-Oct. 8, 1869


Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

One paragraph about the 14th president who put the first Christmas tree in the White House can be found in this collective biography.

Read Pierce’s Inaugural Address on Friday, March 4, 1853, posted on The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School.

November 2 Birthday: James Polk

James Polk, U.S. President
Nov. 2, 1795-June 15, 1849


Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt(Harcourt, 1998)

Another one-termer, Polk was the 11th president of the U.S. The tradition of playing “Hail to the Chief”  when a president enters a room began with him. One paragraph describes his life of work in this collective biography.

Read Polk’s Inaugural address on March 4, 1845 at the Avalon Project at Yale.