Calvin Coolidge, the Man Who Is President

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CHAPTER XVI
A MAN EMERGES FROM THE MYTHS

The fact that Coolidge's birthday was on the Fourth of July is disturbing. Naturally the people expect a prodigy. And then, coming into life on the Fourth of July, he keeps climbing upward steadily in patriotic service, never abandoning his climb to cuddle down in an office of profit; nor resting to lay by an honest dollar, acting all the time like a person out of a school reader. These things breed hero tales. In a life wherein virtue is always being rewarded, wherein copy-book lines are forever coming true--and throughout the life of Calvin Coolidge the cross-stitch wall mottoes and samplers which encouraged three hundred years of New England piety and probity have been crashing out of their frames into gray pin-striped trousers and a frock coat--the all-too-superstitious masses are not to be blamed if they see signs and portents arising from simple things. Take the fact that this wordless man marries a girl from the deaf and dumb school. In a hapless world such Heaven-born order seems miraculous. And if one holds that perfect accord and complementary union are miraculous, then here

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