It seems appropriate that a future president of the United States was born on 4th of July. John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. the thirtieth president was born on that day in 1872.
He became president unexpectedly. "At 2:30 on the morning of 03 August 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."
With a nickname of "Silent Cal," President Coolidge was known for being a man of few words, a very dry sense of humor, and personal integrity. By politics he was a Republican, by religion, a Congregationalist. He was a fiscal conservative and believed in small government, beliefs which many Republicans still share. The administration preceding his was known for extravagance and scandal. During the first part of term, he was able to restore public confidence in the federal government.
On 07 July 1924 a defining event of his life occurred. On that day his son Calvin aged 16, died of blood poisoning.
President Coolidge was not the same after that loss. He seemed to be suffering from depression and refused to run for a second term. He passed away on 05 January 1933 in Northampton, Massachusetts and was buried in Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, Windsor, Vermont. The cause of death was heart failure.
John Calvin Coolidge and Victoria Josephine Moor married.
Police in Boston, Massachusetts attempt to unionize and strike, resulting in rioting and disorder. Coolidge called up the state guard. "Governor Coolidge comes to national attention because of his stand for law and order. In a telegram to Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, Coolidge declares: 'There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime.'"
Nominated and elected Vice President of the United States.
January, 1920 - 02 August 1923
Calvin Coolidge served as Vice President of the United States until the death of President Harding on August 2.
03 August 1923
After President Warren Harding had died unexpectedly. Vice President Coolidge was sworn in as President by his father, as soon as the news reached him on August 3, 1923.
President Coolidge's ..." first message to Congress ... called for isolation in foreign policy, and for tax cuts, economy, and limited aid to farmers."
22 February 1924
"Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people.".
07 July 1924
"The President's youngest son, Calvin, dies tragically from blood poisoning. His remaining son, John, wrote that his father never fully overcame his grief for his younger son.".
Calvin Coolidge was nominated at the Republican National Convention as the candidate for president, and was elected. His campaign slogan was “Keep Cool with Coolidge”.
18 March 1926
The President's father, John Calvin Coolidge, Sr. died.
02 August 1927
President Coolidge announces that he is not going to run for another term as president.
President Coolidge issues the first Child Health Day Proclamation.
The Coolidges move back to Northampton. He writes his autobiography, The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge.
29 October 1929
The stock market crashes, now known as the official start to the Great Depression that would last for 10 years. Possibly Coolidge was able to foresee this event and factored it into his decision not to run for president again. His wife implied it was true.
05 January 1933
Former President John Calvin Coolidge Jr. died of a coronary thrombosis (heart attack).
↑ 5.05.15.25.35.4 Roberts, Gary Boyd, comp., Ancestors of American Presidents, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2009), 431-432, 435-436, 441, 445, 450, 462, 465-466, 469, 473, 478, 486, 494-501, 581