Calvin Coolidge, the Man Who Is President

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CHAPTER IX
THE ESCAPE FROM NORTHAMPTON

Now, in most American states and in all Western states, the job of lieutenant governor is a son-in-law job, largely honorary, sometimes in line of promotion to the governorship, but generally about as important as the presidency of the Country Club in an inland city. In Massachusetts, however, the lieutenant governor is a part of the administrative end of the state government. He sits on a number of important executive boards. It is his duty to supervise and approve all expenditures of state money, to visit state institutions and to act with the governor's council upon gubernatorial appointments. The duties may be perfunctory, but Coolidge never made anything perfunctory. As he attended class meetings in Amherst punctiliously, followed the trivial proceedings carefully and finally came out of the background of his class, as he attended scrupulously every meeting of his party committee in Northampton and got acquainted with the wires of politics and came to know the men who pulled the wires-- finally becoming city chairman--as he went to all the meetings of his legislative committees in the

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