John Calvin Coolidge Jr. Calvin Coolidge was the thirtieth President of the United States of America. He became President following the death of Warren G. Harding in 1923 and was reelected thereby serving until March 4, 1929. He had made his way up the political ranks serving as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Mayor Northampton, Massachusetts, member and then President of the Massachusetts Senate, Lieutenant Governor then Governor of Massachusetts, before becoming Vice President then President of the United States.
Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont on July 4, 1872. His father was a farmer, storekeeper, and public servant. He held local offices just as members of his and Calvin’s mother’s families had. Calvin attended and graduated from Amherst College. After graduating he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to become a lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1897 and began practicing commercial law. In 1905 he met Grace Anna Goodhue who was a University Of Vermont graduate and a teacher at the Clarke School for the Deaf. They were both in a Congregationalist religious and social group and were married later that year. They had two sons. The younger son died while Calvin Coolidge was President. The older son became a railroad executive and was part of starting the Coolidge Foundation.
During Calvin Coolidge’s presidency he was seen as a small government conservative. He reduced the size and scope of government programs. He was President during the economic growth of the “Roaring Twenties”. There were tax cuts and reduction of the federal debt. He believed in civil rights for all. He supported Woman’s Suffrage, was against the Ku Klux Klan and lynching, and wanted improved programs for Native Americans. He believed diversity made the United States what it became and was woven into the Constitution. Today, he is regarded highly by political conservatives and those who believe in limited federal government.
Calvin Coolidge became known for political decisiveness and his quiet personality. His wife was more social, but he was seen as a devoted husband with a good sense of humor although he was quiet. There are many humorous stories about him. He wrote an autobiography and other works as well. Be inspired! Have a bright day!