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Calvin Coolidge: Timeline


  • 1630s

  • 1890s

    • 1891: Coolidge's father married a schoolteacher in 1891 and lived to the age of 80. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1896: Coolidge campaigned locally for Republican presidential candidate William McKinley in 1896, and the next year he was selected to be a member of the Republican City Committee. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1896: It was easily the most subdued campaign since 1896, partly because the President was grieving for his son, but partly because Coolidge's style was naturally non-confrontational. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1897: Coolidge was admitted to the bar, becoming a country lawyer. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1898: With his savings and a small inheritance from his grandfather, Coolidge was able to open his own law office in Northampton in 1898. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1898: He won election to the City Council of Northampton, placing second in a ward where the top three candidates were elected. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1899: He declined renomination, running instead for City Solicitor, a position elected by the City Council. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
  • 1900s

    • 1902: The city council selected a Democrat for city solicitor, and Coolidge returned to an exclusively private practice. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1903: While Grace was watering flowers outside the school one day in 1903, she happened to look up at the open window of Robert N. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1904: The next year, 1904, Coolidge met with his only defeat before the voters, losing an election to the Northampton school board. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1905: Coolidge met and married a fellow Vermonter, Grace Anna Goodhue, who was working as a teacher at the Clarke School for the Deaf. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • October 4, 1905: They were married on October 4, 1905, in the parlor of her parents' home in Burlington, Vermont. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1906: The local Republican committee nominated Coolidge for election to the state House of Representatives. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1907: He won a close victory over the incumbent Democrat, and reported to Boston for the 1907 session of the Massachusetts General Court. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1908: In the 1908 session, Coolidge was more outspoken, but was still not one of the leaders in the legislature. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
  • 1910s

    • 1911: The State Senator for the Hampshire County area retired and encouraged Coolidge to run for his seat for the 1912 session. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1911: He was renominated in 1911, and defeated the same opponent by a slightly larger margin. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1912: Many believed that the split in the Republican party, like the one in 1912, would allow a Democrat to win the Presidency. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1913: The 1913 session was less eventful, and Coolidge's time was mostly spent on the railroad committee, of which he was the chairman. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • January, 1914: After his election in January 1914, Coolidge delivered a speech entitled Have Faith in Massachusetts, which summarized his philosophy of government. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1914: After winning reelection to the Senate by an increased margin in the 1914 elections, Coolidge was reelected unanimously to be President of the Senate. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1915: As the 1915 session ended, Coolidge's supporters, led by fellow Amherst alumnus Frank Stearns, encouraged him again to run for lieutenant governor. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1915: McCall and Coolidge won the 1915 election, with Coolidge defeating his opponent by more than 50,000 votes. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1918: Coolidge was unopposed for the Republican nomination for Governor of Massachusetts in 1918. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1918: He was faced with the same opponent as in 1918, Richard Long, but this time Coolidge defeated him by 125,101 votes, more than seven times his margin of victory from a year earlier. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • January 2, 1919: By the time Coolidge was inaugurated on January 2, 1919, the First World War had ended, and Coolidge pushed the legislature to give a $100 bonus to Massachusetts veterans. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1919: His actions during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1919: In response to rumors that policemen of the Boston Police Department planned to form a union, Police Commissioner Edwin U. Curtis issued a statement saying that such a move would not be tolerated. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • 1919: Coolidge and Cox were renominated for their respective offices in 1919. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • September 4, 1919: Curtis said the union's leaders were insubordinate and planned to relieve them of duty, but said that he would suspend the sentence if the union was dissolved by September 4. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
    • September 14, 1919: "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time." - Calvin Coolidge, Wikiquote.
    • September 8, 1919: The mayor of Boston, Andrew Peters, convinced Curtis to delay his action for a few days, but Curtis ultimately suspended the union leaders on September 8. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.
  • 1920s

  • 1930s

    • 1932: Faced with looming defeat in 1932, some Republicans spoke of rejecting Herbert Hoover as their party's nominee, and instead drafting Coolidge to run, but the former President made it clear that he was not interested in running again, and that he would publicly repudiate any effort to draft him, should it come about. - Calvin Coolidge, Wikipedia.

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