30th U.S. President: Calviin Coolidge

About the thirtieth President of the United States Calvin Coolidge, his birth, death, biography, description, facts and quotes.

30th President CALVIN COOLIDGE

Born: July 4, 1872, Plymouth, Vt. Only President born on 4th of July.

Died: January 5, 1933, at his home in Northampton, Mass.

Career: Amherst graduate, Northampton lawyer, elected to Northampton Common Council, city solicitor, State representative, mayor, State senator, lieutenant governor. Elected governor of Massachusetts in 1918; won national reputation by breaking the Boston police strike.

Personal Life: Warm, well-educated Grace Goodhue had many suitors, but Coolidge won her because "he outsat everybody else." They were married when he was 33 and she was 26. From the beginning, it was an austere marriage: no dinner guests, no parties, no discussion of his work. ("He did not trust my education," Grace Coolidge recalled.) They had 2 sons, John and Calvin, Jr.

His Person: Exactly 5'10", reddish hair, pale, freckled complexion, blue eyes, thin nose and lips. He spoke in a high-pitched twang, and his main characteristic--holding his tongue--earned him the epithet "Silent Cal."

Elections: Named as Harding's running mate in 1920, took over the White House after the President's sudden death 2 years later. In 1924, the campaign slogan "Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge" won him a term in his own right, with a landslide of 15,725,016 against 8,386,-704 for Democrat John W. Davis, and 4,832,-532 for Progressive candidate "Battling Bob" La Follette. The electoral count was 382-136-13.

Term of Office: August 3, 1923-March 4, 1929 (5 years, 215 days).

Little-Known Facts: He had a distant Indian ancestor. His stinginess provoked the White House chef to quit. He examined all his wife's bills to be sure she wasn't overspending.

Quotes from Coolidge:

"The business of America is business."

"If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it."

Quotes about Him:

"He was weaned on a pickle."--Alice Roosevelt Longworth

"He was an economic fatalist with a God given inertia. He knew nothing and refused to learn."--William Allen White

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