Coolidge, Grace

Engraved card from their new home signed & dated 7 months after leaving The White House

Price: $85.00

Description:
(1879-1957) First Lady 1923-29. Graduating from Univ. of Vermont 1902, she taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass. where she met Calvin Coolidge; they wed in 1905. In 1921, as wife of the Vice President, she was the most popular woman in the capital. After Harding's death, she planned the new administration's social life as her husband wanted it: unpretentious but dignified. Younger son Calvin died suddenly on July 7, 1924 at 16, but she never let grief interfere with her duties as First Lady. Tact and gaiety made her one of the most popular White House hostesses and she left Washington in 1929 with the country's respect and love. She received a gold medal from the National Institute of Social Sciences, and in 1931 was voted one of America's 12 greatest living women. Signed 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 engraved "The Beeches/Northampton/ Massachusetts" card, dated October 11 1930 by her. When the Coolidges left the White House in 1929, he became the only living ex-president. When the train from Washington arrived in Northampton, 6000 people welcomed them home. In 1929, presidents left office with no paid staff, pension, franking privileges, or Secret Service protection. Tourists besieged them at their Massasoit Street home. It became nearly impossible for the former president to sit on his porch undisturbed as admirers sought him out for a friendly handshake. Far worse were reporters who peeked in his windows at night and told readers that the former president wore old-fashioned nightshirts to bed. In 1930, they bought ”The Beeches” so they could have some privacy.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed card






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