“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.”
“It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.”
Calvin Coolidge, Harding’s Vice President, became our 30th President after Harding’s death. Coolidge, a man of integrity, was a breath of fresh air after Harding. He replaced corrupt cabinet members with honest people. People trusted him and he helped restore faith in the Presidency.
Coolidge grew up in rural New England. As a child, he enjoyed making maple syrup. He graduated from Amherst College and became a lawyer. Later, he served as governor of Massachusetts. Coolidge was nicknamed “Silent Cal” because he rarely said more than a few words. His will was only 23 words long.
- Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont. His father owned a small store and farm.
- Coolidge held several government positions before becoming Vice-President and later, President.
- He married Grace Anna Goodhue in 1905. They had two sons.
- Coolidge had a policy of staying out of America’s business as long as things were going well.
- He was President during the Roaring 20s, a time when the economy was booming and people lived extravagantly.
- He was frugal with his money, never spending more than was absolutely necessary.
- Coolidge served a second term as President.
- Soon after he left office, the nation was plunged into the Great Depression. Coolidge probably wouldn’t have known how to handle the economic crisis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Was Coolidge part of the scandals of the Harding administration?
Answer: No. Coolidge did not have anything to do with those problems. Even the Democrats knew that he was honest and trustworthy.
Visit the White House to learn more about Calvin Coolidge.
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