Calvin Coolidge—Fact Sheet 30th President 1923-1928 Early Life

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Calvin Coolidge—Fact Sheet

30th President

Early Life:

Born on July 4, 1872 in the small village of Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

Religion: Protestant

Occupation: Lawyer

Wife: Grace Anna (school teacher)

Children: Two sons, John and Calvin Jr. who died from blood poisoning as a teenager

Political Party: Republican

Political Experience: Mass. State Congressman, State Senator, Lt. Gov, Governor of Mass. (recognized by the nation for his role in the Boston Police Strike), Vice President under Warren Harding

Presidential Election: Finished out Harding’s term. Ran against John Davis in the election of 1924. Decisive victory.

Campaign Slogan: Keep Cool With Coolidge

Nickname: Silent Cal
Presidential Highlights:

Very popular President.

Famous Quotes: “The chief business of the American people is business”.

“The man who builds a factory builds a temple. The man who works there worships there”.

Coolidge believed in cutting taxes, limiting government spending, and no government regulations over businesses and industries (laissez faire)

He believed in high protective tariffs (Hawley Smoot Tariff) and rejected membership in the League of Nations. He supported prohibition and immigration restriction (National Origins Act-no more than 150,000 people admitted per year)

Number of millionaires rose from 4,500 to 11,000 by 1926

Electricity began to reach into rural America (2/3 of all homes), indoor plumbing

New inventions, installment plan (credit), assembly line, advertising and marketing

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