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Calvin Coolidge Biography and Facts For Kids


John Calvin Coolidge was the thirtieth president of the United States. He has become symbolic of the smug and self-satisfied conservatism that helped bring on the Great Depression. A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His actions during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. His integrity in office and firm action against corrupt officers of the Harding administration, combined with national prosperity, caused him to be re-elected in 1924 and he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Calvin Coolidge

When was Calvin Coolidge born: July 4, 1872
Where was Calvin Coolidge born: Plymouth, VT
What was Calvin Coolidge’s job before becoming president: Lawyer
Who was Calvin Coolidge married to: Grace Goodhue Coolidge
What number president was Calvin Coolidge: 30th
What political party did Calvin Coolidge belong to: Republican
Who was Calvin Coolidge’s vice president: Charles G. Dawes
When was Calvin Coolidge president: 1923-1929
How many terms did Calvin Coolidge serve as president: less than 2
When did Calvin Coolidge die: January 5,1933
How old was Calvin Coolidge when he died: 60
Where is Calvin Coolidge buried: Plymouth, VT

Calvin Coolidge Quotes

  • “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. “
  • “If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. “
  • “Civilization and profit go hand in hand. “
  • “Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still. “
  • “Duty is not collective; it is personal. “
  • “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. “

Timeline of the Life of Calvin Coolidge

1872 Born July 4th in Plymouth, Vermont
1905 Married Grace Anne Goodhue
1906 Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1909 Elected mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts
1911 Elected to Massachusetts Senate
1915 Elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1918 Elected Governor of Massachusetts
1920 Became Vice President
1923 Coolidge lights the first national Christmas tree December 24th
1923 Became President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
1924 Elected to serve a full term as President
1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first non stop flight across the Atlantic from New York City to Paris
1927 First talking motion picture, The Jazz Singer, was produced
1927 Radiotelephony connected New York City and London
1927 August 2nd Coolidge surprised the nation by stating he did not want to run for President in 1928
1929 Appointed director to New York Life Insurance Company
1933 Died in Northampton, Massachusetts on January 5th