Wife: Grace Anna Goodhue (1879-1957), on October
Kids: John Coolidge (1906- ); Calvin Coolidge,
Pets: Peter Pan, a terrier; Paul Pry (née
Laddie Buck), an Airedale; Calamity Jane, a sheepdog;
Boston Beans, a bulldog; King Cole, a shepherd; Palo
Alto, a birder; collies named Rob Roy (née Oshkosh),
Prudence Prim, Ruby Rough, and Bessie; chows named Blackberry
and Tiny Tim; canaries named Nip, Tuck, and Snowflake;
cats named Bounder, Tiger, and Blacky; raccoons named
Rebecca and Horace; Ebeneezer, a donkey; Smokey, a bobcat;
Old Bill, a thrush; Enoch, a goose; a mockingbird; a
bear; an antelope; a wallaby; a pygmy hippo; some lion
Bio: Calvin Coolidge, (1872-1933), was the 30th
President Of The United States. Born on July 4, 1872,
in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, he was named John Calvin
Coolidge, but in early adulthood he dropped the "John."
His father, John Calvin Coolidge, was a jack-of-all-trades,
teacher, storekeeper, farmer, politician, and even mechanic
when necessary. His mother, Victoria Moor Coolidge died
when Calvin was 12.
He attended Amherst where he gained an understanding
of culture and strengthened his desire to be a civil
servant, graduating cum laude. Two years later, he was
admitted to the bar. During 1896 and 1897, Coolidge
was active in the Republican party, and in 1898 he was
elected to the city council. Thus began a lifelong political
career. That year also marked the marriage to his wife,
Grace Anna Goodhue.
After his election to a third Senate term in 1913, he
became more popular, leading to an election to Massachusetts
governor in 1918.
In 1920 Coolidge won a landslide victory as Vice President
to Harding. He was bored with this position, however,
and made no mark on national politics, until President
Harding died on Aug. 2, 1923. He worked hard to gain
public respect and acceptance. He succeeded to an extent
and was nominated for president in June 1924. Coolidges
popularity was cushioned by the economic upturn and
he was easily elected. But tragedy struck in the same
year, when his younger son, Calvin, Jr., died of blood
Coolidge was a fairly successful president in that when
he really wanted something done it was done. He pared
the national debt and reduced income taxes. He also
expanded the departments of Agriculture and Commerce,
regulated radio broadcasting, and fought against unfair
business practices. He retired in 1929 to Northampton,
where he did a lot of writing for newspapers and magazines.
His health declined rapidly, and on Jan. 5, 1933, he
died of coronary thrombosis.