Calvin Coolidge

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Calvin Coolidge On Independence Day, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont, our 30th President was born. His parents John Calvin and Victoria Josephine Moor Coolidge named him John Calvin after his father. He later dropped the John and went by Calvin Coolidge. His mother died when he was twelve and his father raised him considerably well from then on out. He was brought up to believe in a divine intelligence and that man had a God given right to exhibit public service(#5). At an early age it was already apparent that he was cautious, dependable, honest, fair, thrifty, tolerant, and unpretentious. He was the first of his family to go to college and he choose to go to Amherst College in Massachusetts. His favorite subjects were oratory and philosophy, but he never excelled as a public speaker(Internet #5). After he graduated in 1895, he went on to become a lawyer in Northampton.

As a lawyer he became good at managing estates, legal documents, title searches, and collection work. He was never thought of or really used as a court lawyer.

As a lawyer he worked for John Hammond and Henry Field, who lead him in the direction of politics. They were political leaders who thought that he had a great potential for politics. In 1896 and 1897 he became active in the Republican party and in 1896 he was rewarded by being elected as city councilman. He may not have the friendliest or the most outgoing of politicians but his simplicity and honesty won out. His motto or slogan was "I want your vote. I need it. I shall appreciate it."(Internet #5) Then in 1905 he suffered his only defeat for a political office as school committeeman. But he married Grace Anna Goodhue, a teacher for the death. Coolidge said, "that having...