Ronald Reagan: "Now
you hear a lot of jokes
about Silent Cal Coolidge,
but I think the joke is on
the people that make
jokes because if you look
at his record, he cut taxes
four times. We had
probably the greatest
growth and prosperity that
we've ever known."

Sarah Palin: "one of our most
underrated presidents . . .
Americans are awakening
again to the wisdom of
President Coolidge . . ."

"He wrote simply, innocently,
H. L. Mencken once noted
regarding Coolidge's prose,
"He forgot all the literary
affectations and set down his
ideas exactly as they came
into his head. The result was
a bald, but strangely
appealing piece of writing—a
composition of almost
Lincolnian austerity and
The true Vermonter was in
every line of it."

Grover Norquist:
"We're looking for
another Coolidge."

Tim Naftali, Director of
the Richard Nixon
Presidential Library
and Museum:
"If you want to balance:
it's Coolidge versus
[Franklin D.] Roosevelt in
dealing with
the economy."

Author Tucker S. Garland
III: "The two most
successful Republican
presidents in the last
century were Calvin
Coolidge and Ronald

Amity Shlaes: "Reagan
himself admired Coolidge.
It's time the rest of us
did too."

Mark Steyn: "If you're
like me and your idea of a
conservative president is
Calvin Coolidge . . ."

George Will says: "Calvin
Coolidge, the last
president with whom I fully
agreed . . ."

Robert Merry: "The
Coolidge years represent
the country's most distilled
experiment in supply-side
economics—and the
doctrine's most
conspicuous success."

Will Cain says: "Calvin
Coolidge is my favorite
David Pietrusza Discussing Calvin Coolidge on
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Amity Shlaes and David Pietrusza
Amity Shlaes and David Pietrusza Discussing
Calvin Coolidge at the
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, October 2010

focuses his famed terse eloquence
on the nation's founders, not
merely on George Washington's
indispensable figure but also on
the Declaration of Independence
and the Constitution, Alexander
Hamilton, Washington's fellow
Virginia patriots, the Battles of
Bunker Hill, Princeton, and
Trenton, Ethan Allen's Green
Mountain Boys, Boston's Old
North Church, Methodist
Episcopal Bishop Francis Asbury,
and the pivotal role Jewish
Americans played in winning of
our freedoms. No modern
president has spoken so much-or
so well-of America's providential
Coolidge transforms mere history
into a history
Table of Contents

  • Introduction.
  • "The Principles Fought For in the American
    Revolution," Sons of the American Revolution Essay
    Contest, Amherst College, Composed Starting in
    November 1894; Submitted by April 1, 1895;
    Awarded National Gold Medal December 13, 1895.
  • Independence Day Address, The Home of Daniel
    Webster, Marshfield, Massachusetts, July 4, 1916.
  • Banquet on the Occasion of the Dedication of a
    Statue of Lafayette, Club Calumet, Fall River,
    Massachusetts, September 4, 1916.
  • Bunker Hill Day, Roxbury Historical Society,
    Roxbury, Massachusetts, June 17, 1918
  • Flag Day Proclamation, Boston, Massachusetts, May
    26, 1919.
  • Commencement Address, Harvard University,
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 19, 1919
  • "General William Shepherd," Westfield,
    Massachusetts, September 3, 1919.
  • "Our Heritage from Hamilton," The Hamilton Club,
    Chicago, Illinois, January 11, 1922.
  • "Great Virginians," Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 6,
  • Excerpts from "The Foundation of our Institutions,"
    The New York State Convention of the Y. M. C. A.,
    Albany, New York, April 13, 1923.
  • "The Old North Church," Delivered on the Occasion
    of the 200th Anniversary of the Establishment of
    Christ Church, known as the Old North Church,
    Boston, Massachusetts, April 18, 1923.
  • "The Green Mountains," Delivered on the Occasion
    of the 150th Anniversary of the Settlement of the
    City of Burlington, Burlington, Vermont, June 12,
  • On the 150th Anniversary of the First Continental
    Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 25,
  • Address at the Dedication of a Monument to
    Lafayette, Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore,
    Maryland, September 6, 1924.
  • Address at the Unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of
    Bishop Francis Asbury, Meridian Hill Park,
    Washington, D.C., October 15, 1924.
  • Washington's Birthday Radio Address, The White
    House, Washington, DC., February 22, 1925.
  • "The Spiritual Unification of America," Address on
    the Dedication of the Jewish Community Centre,
    Washington, D.C., May 3, 1925.
  • Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary
    of George Washington Taking Command of the
    Continental Army, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July
    3, 1925.
  • Address to the National Education Association, The
    Washington Auditorium, Washington, D.C., February
    22, 1926.
  • Address on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary
    of Virginia's Resolution Calling for a Declaration of
    Independence, The College of William & Mary,
    Williamsburg, Virginia, May 15, 1926.
  • "The Inspiration of the Declaration of
    Independence," Sesquicentennial Stadium,
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1926
  • Address at the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of
    Trenton and Princeton, The Trenton Historical
    Society, Trenton, New Jersey, December 29, 1926
  • "The Birth of George Washington," Address to a
    Joint Session of Congress, The Capitol, Washington,
    D.C., February 22, 1927.
  • Address Before the Society of the Daughters of the
    American Revolution, Washington, D.C., April 16,
  • Mid-Winter Convocation Address, George
    Washington University, Washington, D.C., February
    22, 1929.
  • "The Constitution," The Autobiography of Calvin
    Coolidge, November 1929.
  • "Calvin Coolidge Says," Syndicated Newspaper
    Column, Northampton, Massachusetts, February 20,