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Franklin Pierce vetoed the first major attempt by Congress to implement a Federal welfare state

The bill was called "The Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane." It would have established Federally funded asylums for the insane and also for the blind, deaf, and dumb.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_for_the_Benefit_of_the_Ind...

Franklin Pierce's veto message to Congress was a brilliant defense of the proper role of the Federal government under the Constitution.

http://www.lonang.com/exlibris/misc/1854-pvm.htm



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