Pierce, Benjamin (son of President Franklin Pierce)

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Franklin Pierce visited the Central Street (#47) Andover home of his sister-in-law frequently. On January, 6, 1853, Pierce and his family left the home and boarded a train in Shawsheen Village Station for Concord, New Hampshire. The President-elect planned to remain in Concord until his inauguration as the fourteenth president. The train had not traveled far when it toppled down a hill. The current location of the accident is between Argyle and Arundel Street. Pierce's son Benjamin was killed in the accident.


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  • Andover Vertical File - Andover Transportation
  • "150 Years Ago, President's Son Killed by a Train in Andover." Andover Townsman, January 2, 2003 page 1 and page 5.
  • "Presidential visits to Andover, from Washington to Bush," Andover Townsman, July 1, 2010.
  • "A boy's death, and the death of a presidency," Andover Townsman, January 17, 2013, p.14, 15.

--Eleanor 17:21, June 13, 2007 (EST)

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