Calvin Coolidge, the Man Who Is President

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CHAPTER XI
MASSACHUSETTS GETS A SURPRISE

At the Republican National Convention of 1920, the Massachusetts delegation formally presented the name of Governor Calvin Coolidge as a candidate for the Presidency. The presentation was perfunctory. The delegation from Massachusetts was only morganatically attached to Coolidge. The evident distaste of the Massachusetts delegation for their governor was explained variously. Some said that Senator Murray Crane was sick. Others said that the Massachusetts delegates regarded the aspirations of Coolidge's friends, notably Frank Stearns and some Holyoke paper makers, as preposterous. The semi-detached house and the quite detached honesty of Coolidge, his high-and-mightiness in closing the Washington headquarters opened to promote his candidacy, his decent refusal to go into the Massachusetts Presidential primary, had aroused the contempt of certain Massachusetts statesmen. A few Massachusetts delegates were genuinely with Coolidge, but with the divided delegation he faded out of the Presidential picture. The powerful under-currents of our national life swept

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