Calvin Coolidge Essay

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CALVIN COOLIDGE John Calvin Coolidge, thirtieth President of the United States, was a quiet but brave man. His primary focus was on domestic issues within the United States. His childhood was hard, he pulled through and his life was a mirror of his strength. Calvin Coolidge did great things which were reflected in his personal life, his political upbringing, and his presidency until his death. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872, in Plymouth Notch, Virginia. He was named after his father whom he greatly admired (Sobel, 20). Calvin was a small, skinny boy with vibrant red hair. His hair gave him the nickname "Red," which many school friends called him. He had a sister named Abigail, who was born in 1875. Calvin was three…show more content…
Coolidge was a good student, making high grades and applying himself diligently. He often took long walks just to think and ponder things he had learned (Sobel, 25, 26, 28, 32, 33). In 1890, Coolidge proudly graduated from Black River Academy. He had no idea what his future had for him (Lawerence). He entered Amherst University in September of 1891 around the time his father married his stepmother (Sobel, 31). He learned many languages such as Greek, Latin, French, and German (Greenburg, 18). He eventually graduated from Amherst University unsure of what to do next. Grace Goodhue worked at the Clarke Institute for the Deaf as a teacher. It was there that she met her future husband. Their love grew rapidly and on October 4, 1905 they got married in her parents home (Lawerence). She was perfect for him, his opposite in everything (Sobel, 247). They later had two sons, John Coolidge, and Calvin Jr. Coolidge, who he loved dearly (Greenburg, 22). In 1924, Calvin Jr. had a simple accident in tennis and got a simple blister which slowly became infected. He was rushed to the hospital, but a day later he had died. Calvin Jr. had died at the age of sixteen. It was at this time when people saw Coolidge as a father not the President of the United States. This did not stop Coolidge from pursuing his dream, he kept on going (Sobel, 295, 296, 298). Calvin Coolidge came out of college not knowing what to do next. His father,
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