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A biography of calvin coolidge the 30th president of the united states

A man of few words, Coolidge kept a low profile throughout his Presidency.

After graduating from Amherst College, he studied law and his early career began as a lawyer. His political career began by holding various Republican offices including serving in the State Legislative Assembly and becoming the Mayor of Massachusetts. He was also the State Senate President.

Coolidge was elected Lieutenant Governor and then the Governor of Massachusetts. As Vice-President, he seldom exercised his constitutional right to speak as presiding officer of the Senate and preferred maintaining a low profile during cabinet meetings.

  • Coolidge believed that less government interference in business made for prosperity;
  • Calvin Coolidge died on January 5, 1933, on his family farm in Northampton, Massachusetts while writing his autobiography;
  • His political career began by holding various Republican offices including serving in the State Legislative Assembly and becoming the Mayor of Massachusetts;
  • After graduating from Amherst College, he studied law and his early career began as a lawyer;
  • In Latin America, Coolidge showed signs of economic imperialism and felt that America should seek out foreign marketsIn 1928, Latin American nations were keen to reject US business practices and it took all of Secretary Hughes skills to stop them from passing anti-US drafts.

After becoming President, Coolidge embarked on the policy of minimum government interference in domestic affairs. He supported the Revenue Acts of 1924 and 1926 which gave tax relief to the rich.

This caused uneven distribution of wealth and a surplus of goods which put the economy in jeopardy. His thoughts mirrored that of the business and corporate community and though the stock market reached great heights and the economy boomed. In fact, these Acts which freed private funds were the reason behind the infamous stock market crash of 1929. He supported the Immigration Act of 1924 which limited the number of Eastern and Southern Europeans permitted in America and excluded the Japanese totally.

He wrongly protested against farm relief legislation that might have helped in propping up a depressed farm economy.

Calvin Coolidge

In matters of foreign policy, he gave a free hand to his cabinet. In Latin America, Coolidge showed signs of economic imperialism and felt that America should seek out foreign marketsIn 1928, Latin American nations were keen to reject US business practices and it took all of Secretary Hughes skills to stop them from passing anti-US drafts. He was against participation in the League of Nations and did not want to get involved into any encumbering alliances.

Though, Coolidge was for the 1928 Kellog-Briand Pact which outlined rejecting war as a means of settling disputes, the pact had no legal enforcement and remained a gesture on paper only. It was during his term that Charles Lindbergh took off for his famous flight.

  1. Coolidge was a former Governor of Massachusetts. Their chief argument was that everyone else in the industry was given assistance, but not the people who were providing the natural goods.
  2. The Republicans chose Coolidge as Harding's Vice Presidential running mate on the 1920 ticket because he was against political machine politics.
  3. In 1924 Coolidge was elected in his own right. His political career began by holding various Republican offices including serving in the State Legislative Assembly and becoming the Mayor of Massachusetts.
  4. His most famous words were "I do not choose to run for President in 1928.

It was also during his tenure that the members of the Ku Klux Klan exceeded 4 million in number and Babe Ruth hit his legendary 60 home runsThough Coolidge disliked small talk, he was surprisingly extremely media-savvy. Giving press conferences, speaking on the radio, posing for portraits- Coolidge was a very visible leader.

He had emerged untarnished from the scandals which had rocked the Harding government and was viewed as an honest and industrious man. He hated confrontations, had a propensity to delegate authority and disliked taking advice.

Coolidge was one of the three Mayors to become President. He ranks amongst the bottom of American Presidents as regards to his legacy.