John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.
Following the death of President Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in by his father, a justice of the peace, in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. He was the sixth vice president to become the chief executive on the death of a president. Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872, in Plymouth, Vermont. He was later elected to a full term as U.S. president. Although named John Calvin Coolidge, Coolidge dropped his first name, preferring to use his middle name.
Coolidge graduated with honors from Amherst College in 1895. During his senior year, he wrote an essay on “The Principles Fought for in the American Revolution” and was awarded a gold medal by the SAR.
Coolidge joined the SAR in 1921 while serving as vice president. His Revolutionary ancestor was John Coolidge, who, at the age of nineteen, answered the call in April 1775 and joined the Massachusetts Militia as a private. He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and was discharged in 1778.
The thirty-ninth annual SAR Congress was held in Washington, D.C. Many of the delegates and their spouses marched from the Mayflower Hotel to the White House to be received by Compatriot and President Coolidge. The president briefly spoke to the group and greeted many of the attendees personally.
After his presidency, Coolidge served as chairman of the Railroad Commission, an honorary president of the Foundation of the Blind, a director of New York Life Insurance Company, and a trustee of Amherst College. President Coolidge died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Northampton, Massachusetts, on January 5, 1933, at the age of sixty. He is buried in Notch Cemetery in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.