Silent Cal: An American President

Fun Fact: Calvin Coolidge, a president of few words, was so famous for
saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could
get the president to say more than two words. She told the president of her
wager. His reply: "You lose."
At 2:30 on the morning of August 3, 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.

Coolidge was "distinguished for character more than for heroic
achievement," wrote a Democratic admirer, Alfred E. Smith. "His great task
was to restore the dignity and ...

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President, Coolidge demonstrated his determination to preserve the old
moral and economic precepts amid the material prosperity which many
Americans were enjoying. He refused to use Federal economic power to check
the growing boom or to ameliorate the depressed condition of agriculture
and certain industries. His first message to Congress in December 1923
called for isolation in foreign policy, and for tax cuts, economy, and
limited aid to farmers.

He rapidly became popular. In 1924, as the beneficiary of what was becoming
known as "Coolidge prosperity," he polled more than 54 percent of the
popular vote.

In his Inaugural he asserted that the country had achieved "a state of
contentment seldom before seen," and pledged himself to maintain the status
quo. In subsequent years he twice vetoed farm relief bills, and killed a
plan to produce cheap Federal electric power on the Tennessee River.

The political genius of President Coolidge, Walter Lippmann pointed out in
1926, was his ...

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