John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

By: Austin Rickey

Basic Information


Republican Party


Presidential Number- 30


Years of presidency- 5 1/2 years

August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929


Vice President- Charles G. Dawes

Background Information

  • In 1920, he was selected as the 29th Vice President and then became president upon the unexpected death of Warren G. Harding in 1923


  • In 1905, Coolidge married Grace Anna Goodhue. They had first met several years earlier after Grace caught site of Calvin shaving in front of a window in nothing but long underwear and a hat


  • Together they had two sons


  • The younger son, Calvin, developed a blister on his foot after playing tennis and died a week later from sepsis


  • The elder son, John, became a successful businessman and died in 2000.


  • After being President Coolidge became a writer, and died at the age of 60 due to coronary thrombosis

Qualifications

  • Was a lawyer


  • Governor of Massachusetts


  • Vice President for Warren G. Harding

Presidency

  • Signed the Immigration Act restricting southern and eastern European immigration


  • Signed the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted full U.S. citizenship to all American Indians while permitting them to retain tribal land and cultural rights


  • Opposed US entry into the League of Nations and supported the flawed Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war between nations


  • Tried to establish a dialogue with the emerging nations of Latin America and improve strained relations with Mexico


  • Tried to establish a dialogue with the emerging nations of Latin America and improve strained relations with Mexico


  • Espoused a policy of keeping government out of the way of big business and generally disdained regulation (i.e. the Roaring Twenties)