Why Franklin Pierce Vetoed a Bill to Earmark 10 Million Acres of Federal Land for ‘Indigent Insane Persons’

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“In the 19th century, President Grover Cleveland set the record for putting the veto to good use. He used it to kill more bills than did all of his 22 predecessors combined. In one veto message, he famously declared that ‘though the people may support the government, it is not the duty of government to support the people.’ The only US President from the State of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce (our 14th) cast just nine vetoes during his years in the White House, from 1853 to 1857. Five were overridden but not his most eloquent one. It’s one of my favorites, so here’s the story.” ()5/09/24)