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Calvin Coolidge: A Presidential Unit

Calvin Coolidge became the 30th President of the United States of America after the death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. He served from 1923 until 1929.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: August 2, 1923
Vice President(s): Charles G. Dawes
Name of his parents: John Calvin Coolidge and Victoria Josephine Moor
Wife's name: Grace Anna Goodhue (1879-1957), on October 4, 1905
Yearly Salary as President: $75,000
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 10 inces
State of Birth: Vermont

"Calvin Coolidge learned to work hard and be thrifty from his father. People said he could squeeze a nickel until it screamed.

Coolidge was a man of such few words that he even refused to speak to people on the telephone.

Coolidge's thrifty ways kept government spending down; but, he was also the president who coined the saying 'The business of America is business.'

As Vice-President, Coolidge was on vacaion in Vermont when he learned that Harding had died. He was sworn into office at the family farmhouse by his father, a justice of the peace!"

On Line Lesson Plans:

Calvin Coolidge from TeacherVision
Calvin Coolidge
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Grover Cleveland from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Coolidge's children? [Answer: John Coolidge (1906- ); Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (1908-24)]

2. What other political positions did Coolidge hold? [Answer: Northampton, MA City Councilman, 1899; City Solicitor, 1900-01; Clerk of Courts, 1904; Member of Massachusetts Legislature, 1907-08; Mayor of Northampton, MA, 1910-11; Member of Massachusetts Legislature, 1912-15; Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts, 1916-18; Governor of Massachusetts, 1919-20; Vice President, 1921-23 (under Harding) ].

Of Note:

Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca that he walked around on a leash.

Coolidge loved to go to the circus and ride horses. In the White House basement he kept an electric bucking horse.


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