THE SPOTLIGHT FINDS OUR HERO
Until September, 1919, Calvin Coolidge was a local politician with no fame beyond the boundaries of Massachusetts. His record as governor was the ordinary record of the ordinary governor of the ordinary state. It was an honest record of a capable man rather above the average in intelligence, who made few mistakes somewhat because he was chary of taking any action. The contemporary governor of Maine, Vermont, or Connecticut might as well have aspired to the Presidency as Calvin Coolidge, who probably did not even remotely aspire to the Presidency in that day.
During the summer of 1919, labor troubles were annoying the business world. A national strike of maintenance-of-way men was threatened in the spring. In Europe the Allies were spending much time and treasure in a vain attempt to overthrow the Bolsheviks. President Wilson had come home from Europe with his unhappy treaty and covenant, bound in one document and doomed in one document. Bela Kun sat a sinister figure at the head of the government in Hungary. A strike riot occurred at Ham