When introverted Jane Appleton and charismatic Franklin Pierce first met, they fell in love immediately, despite being complete opposites. Jane's pious family vetoed any relationship between them, and it was eight years before they finally married. Their life together was a loving though often difficult one, as frail Jane adapted to the uncertainties of political life that climaxed in ostensible deceit and tragedy just prior to Franklin's presidency. This book offers insight into the dynasty to which Jane belonged and profiles earlier generations, providing a wider perception of her family's history. Through family letters and anecdotes, it details Jane's complex life and defines the social and health features of the era. Aspects of Jane's childhood that may have accounted for her melancholic nature and inhibitions are revealed. This book also explores the truths behind the many myths surrounding this tragic first lady.
A British citizen, Ann Covell had an extensive career in the U.K. health service management and research sectors, and served for many years as a justice of the peace. Now retired, she and her husband John divide their time between the U.K., Spain, and the U.S. Her main interests include 19th century history, fine arts, and politics. Ann is the author of Remembering the Ladies, a compendium of essays on 19th century U.S. first ladies. More information is available at www.anncovell.co.uk.
Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter One: Ancestral Links with Amherst, New Hampshire Chapter Two: Parents-Jesse Appleton and Elizabeth Means Appleton Chapter Three: Jane's Siblings Chapter Four: Franklin Pierce-14th U.S. President Chapter Five: Jane Means Appleton Pierce Chapter Six: The Wedding and Married Life Chapter Seven: The Presidential Years Chapter Eight: Following the Presidency Conclusion Appendix 1: The Direct Family Link from Col. Samuel Appleton to Jane Pierce Appendix 2: The Marriage Links Within the Means and Atherton Families Abbreviations for End Notes Bibliography Index