“Silent Cal” Coolidge (1923-1929)

The Busybody

Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words and he didn’t need them. He started as Harding’s vice president, and so had a tough act to follow when his boss died before finishing his term. But he rose to the occasion admirably and left the legacy of the Roaring Twenties.

Unlike Harding who continues to be demonized, Coolidge has made something of a comeback in the halls of scholarship. The biography by Amity Shlaes is a particularly good read. Of course, I’m not surprised that Coolidge was always underrated. The man had no charisma, and that tends not to sit well with historians. In order to be judged a great president, you must be able to rouse people with glowing speeches, never mind how bad your policies are. “Silent Cal” was better than that (and a solid New England guy, if I do say myself, born in Vermont, making his…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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