30st President John Calvin Coolidge

30st President John Calvin Coolidge[1]

Male 1872 - 1933  (60 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 10 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Calvin Coolidge 
    Prefix 30st President 
    Born 4 Jul 1872  Plymouth, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Jan 1933  Northhampton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Plymouth, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I34800  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2001 

    Father John Calvin Coolidge,   b. 21 Mar 1845, Plymouth, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1926, Plymouth, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Victoria Josephine Moor,   b. 14 Mar 1846, Plymouth, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1885, Plymouth, VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 6 May 1868  Plymouth, VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Grace Anna Goodhue,   b. 3 Jan 1879, Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1957, Northampton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1905  Burlington, Chittenden Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Coolidge,   b. 7 Sep 1906, Northampton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 2000, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Calvin Coolidge,   b. 13 Apr 1908, Northampton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1924, Washington, DC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F14743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Warren Harding. Was reelected in 1924 over John W. Davis and Robert M. LaFollette by a popular vote of 15,718,211 to 8,385,283 and 4,831,289, and an electoral vot of 382 to 136 and 13. Charles G. Dawes was his vice-president. On August 3, 1923 he was administered the oath of office by his father, a notary public. This historic event took place in the Vermont farmhouse home at 2:00 a.m., by the light of kerosene lamps. Called "Silent Cal".
      At 2:30 on the morning of August 3, 1923, while visiting in Vermont, Calvin Coolidge received word that he was
      President. By the light of a kerosene lamp, his father, who was a notary public, administered the oath of office as Coolidge placed his hand on the family Bible. Coolidge was "distinguished for character more than for heroic achievement," wrote a Democratic admirer, Alfred E. Smith. "His great task was to restore the dignity and prestige of the Presidency when it had reached the lowest ebb in our history ... in a time of extravagance and waste...."
      Born in Plymouth, Vermont, on July 4, 1872, Coolidge was the son of a village storekeeper. He was graduated from Amherst College with honors, and entered law and politics in Northampton, Massachusetts. Slowly, methodically, he went up the political ladder from councilman in Northampton to Governor of Massachusetts, as a Republican. En route he became thoroughly conservative. As President, Coolidge demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts amid the material prosperity which many Americans were enjoying. He refused to use Federal economic power to check the growing boom or to ameliorate the depressed condition of agriculture and certain industries. His first message to Congress in December 1923 called for isolation in foreign policy, and for tax cuts, economy, and limited aid to farmers. He rapidly became popular. In 1924, as the beneficiary of what was becoming known as "Coolidge prosperity," he olled more than 54 percent of the popular vote. In his Inaugural he asserted that the country had achieved "a state of contentment seldom before seen," and pledged himself to maintain the status quo. In subsequent years he twice vetoed farm relief bills, and killed a plan to produce cheap Federal electric power on the Tennessee River. The political genius of President Coolidge, Walter Lippmann pointed out in 1926, was his talent for effectively doing nothing: "This active inactivity suits the mood and certain of the needs of the country admirably. It suits all the business interests which want to be let alone.... And it suits all those who have become convinced that government in this country has become dangerously complicated and top-heavy...." Coolidge was both the most negative and remote of Presidents, and the most accessible. He once explained to Bernard Baruch why he often sat silently through interviews: "Well, Baruch, many times I say only 'yes' or 'no' to people. Even that is too much. It winds them up for twenty minutes more." But no President was kinder in permitting himself to be photographed in Indian war bonnets or cowboy dress, and in greeting a variety of delegations to the White House. Both his dry Yankee wit and his frugality with words became legendary. His wife, Grace Goodhue Coolidge, ecounted that a young woman sitting next to Coolidge at a dinner party confided to him she had bet she could get at least three words of conversation from him. Without looking at her he quietly retorted, "You lose." And in 1928, while vacationing in the Black Hills of South Dakota, he issued the most famous of his laconic statements, "I do not choose to run for President in 1928." By the time the disaster of the Great Depression hit the country, Coolidge was in retirement. Before his death in January 1933, he confided to an old friend, ". . . I feel I no longer fit in with these times."

  • Sources 
    1. [S517] Genealogien van de presidenten van Amerika, Onbekend.


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