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Mr. President

Calvin Coolidge
Thirtieth President, 1923–1929

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Shy Guy:
Calvin Coolidge didn't have the typical politician's outgoing personality. He was terribly shy. Once, at a dinner party, a fellow guest made a bet that she could get more than three words of conversation from Coolidge. He looked at her and said, “You lose.” Coolidge became president after Warren Harding's death and was a no-nonsense president, who restored a sense of honor to the White House. He believed that the government that governs least governs best, and during his administration the economy soared. He did not run for a second term, possibly because he predicted the upcoming depression.

Portrait by Joseph Burgess , 1956 after 1929 oil . NPG.65.13 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Thursday, July 4, 1872
Date of Death: Thursday, January 5, 1933
Vice President: Charles G. Dawes
First Lady: Grace Goodhue Coolidge

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