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John Calvin Coolidge Jr. (1872 - 1933)

President John Calvin (Calvin) Coolidge Jr.
Born in Plymouth Notch, Windsor, Vermont, USAmap
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Husband of — married 4 Oct 1905 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermontmap
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Died at age 60 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the President of the United States.
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Preceded by
29th President
Warren G. Harding

Preceded by
Vice President

Thomas R. Marshall

Preceded by
47th Governor

Samuel W. McCall
Calvin Coolidge
30th President
of the United States

29th Vice President
of the United States
Vice President

48th Governor
of Massachusetts
Mass. Governor
Succeeded by
31th President
Herbert Hoover

Succeeded by
Vice President

Charles G. Dawes

Succeeded by
49th Governor

Channing H. Cox
1872 Birth 1923-1929 President (one term) 1933 Death

Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty.


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Calvin Coolidge Jr. is Notable.

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.[1]

He became president unexpectedly after the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding "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."[2]

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.[1] 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.[3][4]

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.[4]

Time Line


John Calvin Coolidge and Victoria Josephine Moor married.


04 July 1872

John Calvin Coolidge Jr. born.[3][2][5]

15 April 1875

Abigail Grace Coolidge, sister of John Calvin born.[3]

1877 - 1886

Educated in local schools.[3]

14 March 1885

Victoria Moor Coolidge, mother of John Calvin, Jr. died of tuberculosis.[3][6][5]

1886 - 1890

Enrolled at the Black River Academy in Ludlow, Vermont.[6]


Abigail Grace Coolidge, sister of John Calvin died.[3][6]

1891 - 1895

Attended Amherst College and graduated with honors.[3][2][4] [1][6]


Admitted to the bar, started practicing law in Northampton, Massachusetts and became active in local politics.[2][3][6]

04 October 1905

Married Grace Anna Goodhue.[3][4][5]


First son, John Coolidge born.[3][1]


After his election in November, 1906, Coolidge serves as representative to the Massachusetts Legislature.[3][6]


Second son, Calvin Coolidge born.[3][1]

1910 - 1911

Coolidge is mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts.[3][2]

1912 - 1915

Serves several terms as state senator, and as president of the Massachusetts senate 1913-1915.[3]

1916 - 1918

Coolidge is elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and serves three terms.[3][6]

06 April 1917

United States enters World War I.[7]

05 November 1918

Calvin Coolidge is elected Governor of Massachusetts.[3][1][6]

11 November 1918

End of fighting in World War I.[8]


Police in Boston, Massachusetts attempt to unionize and strike, resulting in rioting and disorder. Coolidge called up the state guard.[3] "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.'"[1]


Nominated and elected Vice President of the United States.[3][4][6]

January, 1920 - 02 August 1923

Calvin Coolidge served as Vice President of the United States until the death of President Harding on August 2.[3]

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.[3][2]

December, 1923

President Coolidge's ..." first message to Congress ... called for isolation in foreign policy, and for tax cuts, economy, and limited aid to farmers."[2]

22 February 1924

"Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people.".[3]

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.".[9]


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”.[3][10]

18 March 1926

The President's father, John Calvin Coolidge, Sr. died.[5]

02 August 1927

President Coolidge announces that he is not going to run for another term as president.[3][4]


President Coolidge issues the first Child Health Day Proclamation.[11]


The Coolidges move back to Northampton. He writes his autobiography, The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge.[1]

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.[12]

05 January 1933

Former President John Calvin Coolidge Jr. died of a coronary thrombosis (heart attack).[3][13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 President Coolidge biography at the Miller Center
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Biography at White
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 Wikipedia
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Find A Grave: Memorial #6551998
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 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
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8
  7. Wikipedia-WWI
  8. Wikipedia-WWI
  12. Smith, Richard Norton. The Price of the Presidency. Reprinted, with permission from Yankee Magazine, January 1996, at (dead url), archived at on 10 January 2012.

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My mother was a child, living in a small town in Vermont when Coolidge was president. She always remembered his radio speech in 1924, when she was about 6. Radios were relatively scarce in those days. The man across the street invited the neighbors to listen to the president speak on the radio. The neighbor had "put the radio in a bowl" to make the volume louder.
posted 12 Nov 2012 by Becky (Nally) Syphers   [thank Becky]
I had no idea about the death of his son. Thanks
posted 25 Oct 2012 by Ed Burke   [thank Ed]
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Greetings from Plymouth Notch, VT! My name is Tracy Messer, and I work for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation as a living history performer, giving first-person portrayals of our 30th President. He is my eighth cousin, once removed as we are both descended from Thomas Blodgett (1604-1642). I'm new to WikiTree, but not to genealogical research, and wish to join the US Presidents Project to connect with other living cousins of Calvin Coolidge. The Foundation will be hosting a reunion of Coolidge Cousins at his birthplace August 5-7, 2022 in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 99th anniversary of his presidency. For further information and registration, please visit our website:

posted by Tracy Messer
No link to his Find-a-Grave memorial?
posted by Jack Parker
It is source #4 in the has been there all along, is there something else you were looking for?
posted by Robin Lee
I'm blind, thank you. Working on a relative of his and wondered about the relationship - so thought I'd check.
posted by Jack Parker
Coolidge-568 and Coolidge-13 appear to represent the same person because: identical data
posted by Robin Lee
Hi Becky,

The link to "31st President Hebert Hoover" is spelt incorrectly.


posted by Kevin Sands
Hi Becky,

How do we tidy up these duplicate footnotes i.e. 14, 15, 16, 20, 22, please?


posted by Kevin Sands
Hi Becky,

The correction regarding his date of death I referred to yesterday is in the Biograpy, 4th paragraph, 4th line.

Regards, Kevin

posted by Kevin Sands
Hi Sue,

1. The Encyc. Britannica has Pres. Harding’s death on Aug 2nd (not 3rd) hence C.C. became the 30th Pres. on the same date. 2. His 1924 pre-election presidential slogan was “Keep Cool with Coolidge” as he had become a fondly accepted symbol of calm, practical leadership. 3. In September 1919, he called out the state guard to quell two days of rioting and disorder resulting from a Boston police strike. 4. In the OED,‘vice-president’ is a hyphenated term (I understand the USA may have its own vers.). 5. Corr's to his bio: a)"thirtieth" (spelling). b)“He passed away on January 3, 1933” should be Jan 5th. c)“now known as the official start to the Great Depression”. d)“Vice President Coolidge” (spelling). Would you like my help? Sce: The New Encycl. Britannica Regards, Kevin

posted by Kevin Sands

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