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Calvin Coolidge
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30th President of the United States
In office
August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
Vice President None (1923–1925)
Charles G. Dawes (1925–1929)
Preceded by Warren G. Harding
Succeeded by Herbert Hoover
29th Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
President Warren G. Harding
Preceded by Thomas R. Marshall
Succeeded by Charles Dawes
48th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 1919 – January 6, 1921
Lieutenant Channing H. Cox
Preceded by Samuel W. McCall
Succeeded by Channing H. Cox
46th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1916 – January 2, 1919
Governor Samuel W. McCall
Preceded by Grafton D. Cushing
Succeeded by Channing H. Cox
President of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Preceded by Levi H. Greenwood
Succeeded by Henry Gordon Wells
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Preceded by Allen T. Treadway
Succeeded by John B. Hull
Constituency Berkshire, Hampden, and Hampshire District
Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by James W. O'Brien
Succeeded by William Feiker
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Moses M. Bassett
Succeeded by Charles A. Montgomery
Personal details
John Calvin Coolidge Jr.

(1872-07-04)July 4, 1872
Plymouth Notch, Vermont
Died January 5, 1933(1933-01-05) (aged 60)
Northampton, Massachusetts
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Plymouth Notch Cemetery
Political party Republican
Grace Goodhue (m. 1905)
  • John
  • Calvin Jr.
Alma mater Amherst College
Profession Politician, lawyer
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Calvin Coolidge (born John Calvin Coolidge Jr.; July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the President of the United States between 1923 and 1929. He was a conservative who supported business and lower taxes.

Family life

He was the only President of the United States to be born on July 4. He was married to Grace Coolidge and had 2 children: John Calvin Coolidge III (born September 6, 1906 - died May 31, 2000) and John Calvin Jr. (born April 13, 1908 - died July 7, 1924). His younger son John Calvin Coolidge IV died at 16 while playing tennis at the White House. His son was wearing tennis shoes without socks and died from a toe infection. He was buried at the foot of Hill Cemetery. After this, President Coolidge may have been depressed.

Political career

Coolidge served as the Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts. He later served as the Governor of Massachusetts. As governor, he became famous because of his response during the Boston Police Strike. Coolidge fired the police who went on strike and gave the jobs to unemployed World War 1 veterans (he gave the same bonuses that the striking policemen asked for to the veterans).

In 1920, he was nominated Vice President under Warren G. Harding. The Harding-Coolidge team won easily. Harding died in 1923 and Coolidge became the next President. He was inaugurated at his family farm in Vermont by his father John Calvin Coolidge Sr.

Coolidge finished Harding's term and was elected in 1924 to continue to be the country's president.

Coolidge was president during a prosperous economy and the country did not face many challenges. He believed that the federal government should be as small as possible. He supported tax cuts and wanted the federal government to keep its hands off the economy. Some think this is linked to the Great Depression.

Coolidge was criticized for refusing to give subsidies to farmers and when a giant flood happened in Mississippi during 1927, he did not want the federal government to be involved. This was part of his belief of federalism, that the country's problems should be solved mainly by state governments and local governments rather than the federal government.

He did not run for re-election in 1928.

The legacy of Calvin Coolidge is mixed. People who support more federal government involvement in the economy do not like him. People who support less federal government involvement in the economy like him.

Interesting facts about Calvin Coolidge

Sesquicentennial american independence half dollar commemorative obverse
Coolidge was the only president to have his portrait on a coin during his lifetime: the American Independence Half Dollar, minted in 1926.
  • Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States (1923–29).
  • He was sworn into office by his own father, John Calvin Coolidge.
  • Calvin Coolidge was nicknamed "Silent Cal" because he did not talk much.
  • His wife was a teacher at the Clarke Institute for the Deaf. She raised awareness for deaf people and also invited Helen Keller to the White House.
  • He was famous for not reinstating officers who had been fired during a strike by Boston police in 1919 saying “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.”
  • For exercise he rode a mechanical horse in the White House.
  • He was the only president born on the 4th of July.
  • He was given a raccoon to eat for Thanksgiving dinner in 1926. Being an animal lover he decided to pardon the raccoon and it became a family pet called Rebecca. In 1928 it was given to a zoo.
  • Coolidge was the only president to have his portrait on a coin during his lifetime

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