Skip to comments.Calvin Coolidge, born July 4: Hero to tea partiers
Posted on 07/03/2010 2:01:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono
PLYMOUTH, Vt. (AP) -- In the Vermont hamlet where Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was born, folks will celebrate his star-spangled birthday the way they always do....
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John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (19231929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His actions during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative.
I wish Obama would take a cue from Coolidge and just shut up for a few days.
His head would probably explode... but, then again, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing either.
Want Emperor Zero to shut up ? Hide his teleprompter.
His home in Plymouth Notch, Vt. is worth a visit. Here, one can see where he took the oath of office as president, administered by his father, a notary public. The tiny community has changed little since Coolidge’s day.
Put a cowboy hat on him in that photo, and you’d swear he’s GWB.
This painting is displayed in the museum at Plymouth Notch, Vermont. The general store, with Calvin's birthplace in back, is at the left; behind it you can see the steeple of the church he attended; across the street and back is the Coolidge home; the white building nearer the right-hand edge of the picture is the hotel, and the red building is the Coolidge barn. This is how the town looked in the early 20th Century
Makes me wish that I could step into that painting and back in time for a little while...visit with the folks there. : )
Wonderful post. Thank you, and I love the painting.
I wished he did more to stop the nomination of Herbert Hoover....
Up the street from the house was a cheese factory. A few years ago, it was still owned by the Coolidge family and still making cheese, but I don’t think that’s the case today.
Torpedoman Second Class Henry Breault, USN (center) Receives the Medal of Honor from President Calvin Coolidge, in ceremonies at the White House, Washington, D.C., on 8 March 1924. Captain Adolphus Andrews, Presidential Naval Aide, is at left. Breault was awarded the Medal of Honor for "heroism and devotion to duty" during the sinking of USS O-5 (SS-66) on 28 October 1923. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
In a sane world, he would be considered one of the best presidents in US history.
By 1934, a year after Coolidge's death, the cheese factory had closed due to a "milk shortage in Vermont." ( !) It was revived in 1960 by the president's son, John and was producing 200, 000 pounds of cheese a year at its peak. It went under again in 1998 when John Coolidge sold the factory to the state of Vermont. The cheese was superlatively good, and many longtime fans of its qualities kept calling the Coolidge Site wanting to know when the cheese factory would be up and running again.
That’s a keeper! I’m bookmarking this thread.
Minus the old-timey cars, much of Vermont still looks like that. Unfortunately, most people in Vermont today would consider someone with Silent Cal's beliefs a "dangerous extremist."
President Calvin Coolidge (left) and Lieutenant Junior Grade Thomas J. Ryan, Jr., USN (right) Photographed on 15 March 1924 at the White House after President Coolidge had presented the Medal of Honor to LtJG Ryan. He received the award for "extraordinary heroism" in rescuing a woman from the Grand Hotel at Yokohama, Japan, which was on fire after the Great Kanto earthquake, 1 September 1923. He was then attached to the American Embassy at Tokyo, Japan.
Secretary of War John Weeks, Pres. Calvin Coolidge, and Asst. Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Armistice Day
The highly gregarious Dorothy Parker was seated next to “silent Cal” at a dinner. She said to him, “Mr. Coolidge, I’ve made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you.” He replied: “You lose.”
Inauguration of Calvin Coolidge:
Despite her reputation as the witty gal of the Algonquin Round Table, DOROTHY PARKER (1893-1967) dismissed the clique as just a lot of people telling jokes and telling each other how good they were. They did help her gain a national renown, though, by quoting her lunchtime ad libs and verses in their newspaper columns. Those mordant verses (Razors pain you/rivers are damp ) dont really endure (though they are fun to discover, and certainly I was one of those girls who would moan What fresh hell is this? when her dorm-room phone rang), and Parkers numerous book and theater reviews for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair are remarkable more for their voice than their contribution to modern criticism.
President Coolidge Inaugural Parade
President Coolidge autographing a sap bucket (scanned from my original photo).
From left to right: Harvey Firestone, President Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Russell Firestone, Mrs. Grace Coolidge, John Coolidge at the Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vermont, August 19, 1924.
He’s been a personal inspiration of mine when, as a child, I read a book about him. He was the last president who truly understood what the founding fathers intended. That he is so utterly reviled by liberals (especially those trapped in their ivory towers of academia) shows just how good a man and president he was. Their hatred can be no higher badge of honor of the justness of his actions and his ethic.
Hard work, personal responsibility, thrift, whit, intelligence, respect for the rights of man.
BTW, Ford was a Nazi and Edison was a thief. But other than that, a productive lot.
Coolidge was a role model for Ronald Reagan. He would have been pleased by that.
I read his autobiography a number of years ago. You probably know this already- but there’s actually a passage where he describes visiting one of his female relatives as a youngster. She was smoking a pipe, and he described her in no uncertain terms as being Indian. (Some historians later questioned this account- but I would think it would be easier to prove/disprove with DNA sampling, etc. these days).
i agree with you on the jalopies in the front yard and i haven’t seen a horse-drawn haywagon in ages but when you dig a little deeper under the surface of townies and flatlanders you’ll find the throbbing heart of American Conservatism;hard working people and true blue Americans.
I LOVE MY STATE, VERMONT
GOD BLESS AMERICA and I WISH EVERYONE HERE AT FR A VERY HAPPY 4th of JULY (i’m not shouting either) just proud to be an AMERICAN
Also Jesse Helms, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison died on July 4.
VT is OK, but it’s the people of VT who give us pause! They really believe in socialism and practice it too. Coolidge would no longer know the place.
Have visited this historic site yrs ago and I think I bought some cheese at a cheese factory in one building.
Woman goes up to Coolidge and said, “Oh Mr President I bet someone that I could get you to say _more_ than two words.”
oops, didn’t see the post above! Guess I wasn’t the only one to remember that one!
Coolidge told the affected states during the great flood of 1927 to get help from the Red Cross and other charities, disaster relief was not the role of the federal government.
He appointed Hoover to oversee the charitable efforts.
Hoover did such a fine job it catapulted him into the White House.
On this July 4, we should resolve to hold conservative politicians feet to the fire and push a zero tolerance for marxism policy, complete with prosecution and imprisonment of our domestic enemy within, the treasonous and seditious members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
maybe you are meeting or have met the kind of people who dissatisfy you. You’d have to live here to understand what I meant by my last post on Vermont