Due Date: September 23, 2011
Heroes of the 1920s: Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge, born John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, was the only U.S. President to be born on Independence Day (July 4, 1872). Coolidge’s mother, Victoria Josephine Moor, died of tuberculosis when he was thirteen. At eighteen his younger sister died as well. Afterwards his father remarried a school teacher in 1891. Later in his life Coolidge married Grace Anna Goodhue, on October 4, 1905, who was a school teacher for the hearing impaired. Soon the couple fell out of love as quickly as they fell in it. But still continued to be married and later gave birth to two sons, John and Calvin Jr.
Calvin Coolidge was best known for his actions for the Boston Police in 1919. At the time our 30th U.S. President was holding a position as Governor. The act he was most famous for was when he called in the National Guard and took personal control of the police force. As time went on Coolidge received a telegram from Samuel Gompers blamed his own actions on Edwin Curtis, who was the Police Commissioner. Coolidge answered Gompers’s telegram publicly instead of a simple telegram reply. After this series of events people began to turn to Coolidge for answers. Later on Coolidge and Warren G. Harding ran for office as President and Vice President of the United States in 1920. They won by a landslide.
As president Coolidge held 520 press conferences. Calvin Coolidge had a famous nickname, “Silent Cal.” Even though he was a distinguished speaker, he was a man of few words. A possible story of a woman he sat next to at a dinner said to him, “Mr. Coolidge, I’ve made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you,” his, now, famous reply “You Lose.”