Saturday, January 5, 2013

Vermont - A State I Love, by President Calvin Coolidge

The President Calvin Coolidge Homestead, at Plymouth Notch, Vermont

Vermont is a State I Love
From a speech by President Calvin Coolidge, delivered at Bennington, Vermont,, September 21, 1928

I could not look upon the peaks of Ascutney, Killington, Mansfield and Equinox without being moved in a way that no other scene could move me.

It was here that I first saw the light of day; here I received by bride; here my dead lie pillowed on the loving breast of our everlasting hills.  I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all, because of her indomitable people.  They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others.  If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the union and support of our institutions should languish it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.

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Here is a postcard that shows President Coolidge...
Calvin Coolidge, Born July 4th 1872, Plymouth, Vermont

Church at Plymouth, Vermont
attended by Coolidge Family

School attended by Calvin Coolidge

Both of these postcards are unused.

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John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His conduct during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative.

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