CALVIN COOLIDGE

30th U.S. President 1923-1929
LIFETIME: 1872-1933, of English ancestry


Calvin Coolidge homes

PRIMARY HOME (top): 19 Massasoit Street , Northampton MA - the left half of a 2½ story duplex with a bell-cast hipped roof, tiny bay windows, and paired porches supported by Doric columns
PHOTO CREDIT: Historic Northampton , Northampton MA

FAMILY HOMESTEAD (center): Plymouth Notch VT - Calvin was born nearby in the backroom of his father's general store
PHOTO CREDIT: 2004 Calendar of Presidential Homes, photographer Garren Zuck

MINIATURE MODEL of the Coolidge homestead
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth VT

CHECK (facsimile) from 1932 for $3.20 paid by Coolidge for work on a casement window. Ex-president Coolidge had walked by while the handyman was working and said, "It looks like you could use another pair of hands" and pitched in to help.

AUCTION LIST (facsimile) from the 1936 auction of Coolidge furnishings

PILLOW made by Grace Coolidge to match a counterpane pattern of a four leaf clover design. Illustration and pattern printed in the New York Herald Tribune
Historic Northampton , Northampton MA

RETIREMENT HOME (bottom photo): "The Beeches" outside of Northampton MA - a three-story shingled and gabled mansion of 16 rooms on five wooded acres
PHOTO CREDIT: Historic Northampton , Northampton MA


Vermont was the site for the Fourth of July birth of Cal Coolidge. A bright and methodical young man, he graduated from Amherst College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and set up a law practice. After his wedding to Grace Goodhue in 1905, the couple settled into a rented duplex where their growing family remained for 25 years.

Coolidge was elected to the state senate and governor's office before being chosen as Warren Harding's running mate in 1920. Three years later, President Harding died. The Vice President was visiting his father, a notary public, who administered the Oath of Office by the light of a kerosene lamp.

"Silent Cal " took no action to regulate the wild economic growth of the Roaring Twenties, and quietly retired to the Northampton duplex in 1929. The steady stream of sightseers prompted a move to The Beeches - a beautiful, secluded property behind iron gates.

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