Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933) became the thirtieth president of the United States after President Warren G. Harding died suddenly. Coolidge’s term took Americans through the roaring ‘20s and ended a year before the Great Depression.
The Early Years
Coolidge was born John Calvin Coolidge on July 4, 1872, in Vermont. His father ran the post office and a general store. His mother died when he was just 12 years old.
After restoring order, Coolidge refused to let the striking officers to go back to work. He told the labor leader that “there is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime.” In 1920, the Republican National Convention chose him to run as vice president on Harding’s ticket.
In the White House
In less than a year after he left the Oval Office, the stock market crashed, and America entered the Great Depression. He admitted to friends that he was partially to blame and that he’d spent his presidency “avoiding the big problems.” Five years after retiring, Coolidge died of a heart attack on January 5, 1933, at the age of 60.