20 Most Controversial Things You Don’t Know About Historical Presidents

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15. Franklin Pierce Is Known As America’s “Drunkest President”


Pierce was the 14th president from 1853-1857, during which he was known for constantly being intoxicated. He was elected by default, basically, as the Democratic party took almost 50 ballots to nominate a candidate. By that time, it’s said his opponents were “checked out” as Pierce won the presidency in a landslide. Once in office, he had no idea what he was doing. That, in addition to having a bitter wife and having tragically lost three sons caused Pierce to turn to the bottle for comfort.