Portrait print circa 1852 of Franklin Pierce as a General on horseback. Pierce (1804 - 1869) was the 14th US President, holding office from 1853 to 1857. Prior to that he served in the Mexican-American War (1846 - 1848) and reached the rank of Brigadier General. Pierce is often branded one of the worst US Presidents because of some of the decisions he made and controversy surrounding the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Ostend Manifesto. The engraving, by Waterman Lilly Ormsby (1834 - 1908), depicts a Mexican War battle scene, showing Chapultepec Castle and the Popocatépetl volcano in the background.