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Franklin Pierce -

Born on November 23, 1804 in a log cabin in Hillsborough, New Hampshire—Franklin Pierce grew up in a middle class up bringing and rose well above his means throughout his lifetime. Education had been an important aspect amongst Pierce’s entire family, meaning Pierce had received a formal education throughout his childhood, being enrolled in the Hillsborough Center until he reached the age of twelve and was later sent to a town school at Hancock. Pierce excelled academically and when it came time to go to college, he entered Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine— he worked extremely hard and graduated fifth...

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Millard Fillmore -

Born on January 7, 1800 in the Finger Lakes region of New York —Millard Fillmore lived amongst one of the biggest settler era in history. Unfortunately, in Fillmore's younger years he endured great levels of poverty and was not able to get a formal education. However, Fillmore was able to avoid enlisting in the War of 1812 and instead got an apprenticeship with a cloth maker to learn a useful trade. Although unable to go to school, Fillmore loved learning and would constantly take out books from to library to expand his educational endeavors. Once Fillmore realized he wanted more...

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Zachary Taylor -

Born on November 24, 1781 on a plantation in Orange County, Virginia to a family of prominent planters—Zachary Taylor knew what hard work looked like from a very young age. This had been the time of westward migration, so Taylor’s family began to move around a lot. Due to constant migration, Taylor’s education was quite sporadic in his early years, but he was still able to receive some form of education and was remarked as a quick learner from all his teachers. Once his father settled in Kentucky and acquired a lot of land, Taylor decided to join the military....

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James K. Polk -

Born on November 2, 1975 in Pineville North Carolina to a family of Scottish/ Irish farmers—James K. Polk persevered through his life to make it all the way to the top. Throughout Polk’s childhood he suffered from frail health and had to go through operations to make him stronger. Despite his disadvantages, Polk was able to receive a proper education and even had the opportunity to go to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating with high honors, Polk decided to study law and through his success he was elected clerk of the Tennessee State...

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John Tyler -

Born on March 29, 1790 at his family plantation in Charles City County, Virginia to a prosperous planter and Virginia Politician—John Tyler had the layout of success virtually at his fingertips. Tyler was given one of the most prestigious educations throughout his childhood and entered the College of William and Mary at only twelve years old and graduates at seventeen. Once he graduated, he had the privilege of studying law under private tutors and was admitted to the bar at the age of nineteen. Tyler began to practice in Richmond and in his free time purchased the Woodburn Plantation and...

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