TWENTY-NINE

Calvin Coolidge
1923-29

Shortly after midnight on August 3, 1923, the news of President Harding's death reached Vice-President Calvin Coolidge ( 1872-1933) in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, where he was spending his summer vacation. "Guess we'd better have a drink," said Coolidge, after a call was put through to Washington to find out whether Coolidge's father, a notary public, could swear his son in as President. Accompanied by Vermont Congressman Porter Dale, railway mailman L. L. Lane, and editor Joseph Fountain of the Springfield Reporter, Coolidge went down to the general store to celebrate. "Moxie, sasparella [sic], cream, cherry, and raspberry soda," announced the girl behind the counter. "Moxie," said Coolidge. Downing his drink, he pulled an old change purse out of his pocket, fumbled around in it until he found the coin he was looking for, and plunked it down on the counter. It was a nickel. Congressman Dale blinked and quietly picked up the rest of the check. A little later Coolidge's father administered the oath of office by the light of a kerosene lamp; then Coolidge went back to bed. The next morning, as he came out of the house to start his journey to Washington, he noticed that one of the stone steps leading to the porch was slightly out of place. "Better have that fixed," he told his father. 1

The country "wanted nothing done" while Coolidge was in the White House, someone said, "and he done it."2" Coolidge!" exclaimed H. L. Mencken. "A remarkable man, a really remarkable

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