Calvin Coolidge By: Kiersten Drye

Born on July 4th, 1872, in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States from August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929

Coolidge was the sun of a village store keeper. He was graduated from Amherst College with honors, and entered law and politics in Northampton, Massachusetts. He worked his way up the political ladder, and was even the governor of Massachusetts for awhile. Calvin Coolidge often called for isolation in foreign policy, and for tax cuts, economy, and limited aid to farmers. He was a quiet man who often sat silently through meetings he said "I would often respond to them with [yes] or [no]. Just that was enough to wind them up for another 20 minutes."

Coolidge was "distinguished for character more than for heroic achievement," said 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...."

In his Inaugural he said that the country had achieved "a state of contentment seldom before seen," and promised to maintain the status. Coolidge was both the most negative and quiet of Presidents, But no President was kinder in permitting himself to be photographed in costumes...and in greeting a variety of delegations to the White House.

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". . . I feel I no longer fit in with these times." -President Calvin Coolidge during the Great Depression, before his death on January 5th, 1933 in Northampton, MA

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