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Grace Coolidge was an American educator who became the First Lady of the United States from 1923 to 1929. She was the wife of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY LIFE AND ANCESTRY
- Grace Coolidge was born Grace Anna Goodhue on January 3, 1879, in Burlington, Vermont.
- She was the only child of Andrew Issaclar Goodhue, a steamboat inspector, and Lemira Barrett Goodhue, a housewife.
- She learned to do household work, such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, and gardening, from her mother.
- She formed a close relationship with her parents.
- Her ancestors all descended from English Puritan immigrants in the Massachusetts colony.
- Benjamin Goodhue, a congressman who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1797, was one of her ancestors.
- She was born and baptized as Methodist but later became a Congregationalist.
- At five years old, she began to attend a public school in Burlington and then attended Burlington Public Grammar School.
- She became interested in music at a young age and began to take piano lessons.
- She attended Burlington High School, where she studied Latin, French, biology, chemistry, and geology.
- After high school, she enrolled in the University of Vermont.
- She was an active student who participated in theater. She was a member of the University’s glee club and acted in a couple of Shakespearean plays.
- She also founded the Pi Beta Phi sorority Vermont chapter.
- She received a bachelor of arts degree in teaching from the University of Vermont in 1902.
- She would become the first First Lady to have graduated with a four-year undergraduate degree.
TEACHING DEAF CHILDREN
- From 1902 to 1904, she was inspired by a friend who taught hearing-impaired children, so she took lip reading classes in the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, Massachusetts.
- She began to work in that same school and taught deaf children to communicate by lip reading instead of sign language.
- Teaching deaf children became her lifelong passion.
MARRIAGE TO CALVIN COOLIDGE
- While working in Northampton, she met Calvin Coolidge, a young attorney who was working in the city council.
- Grace’s vivacious nature complemented Calvin’s reserved demeanor.
- Calvin Coolidge proposed marriage in the summer of 1905.
- They married on October 4, 1905 at the house of Grace’s parents in Burlington, Vermont.
- After the ceremony, they took a one-week honeymoon in Montreal, Canada.
- They settled in Northampton in what would be called Calvin Coolidge House.
- Grace gave birth to two sons: John (1906) and Calvin, Jr. (1908).
- Calvin Coolidge became active in politics in 1907 upon his election to the Massachusetts General Court.
- His political career kept him separated from his family for extended periods of time as he would be in Boston during the weekdays while Grace remained at home to raise their children.
- When he became Mayor of Northampton from 1910 to 1911, Grace undertook volunteer work at church in addition to her family duties.
- From 1916 to 1918, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.
- He also began his one-term service as Governor of Massachusetts in 1919.
- He was elected Vice President of the United States in 1920 and took office in March 1921. Their family had to move to Washington, D.C. where they lived in the Willard Hotel.
- Throughout his political career, Grace kept a low public profile, but her charm and love for animals were difficult to miss.
- Grace Coolidge became the most popular woman in Washington, D.C. which was a drastic change from her usual housewife duties.
BEING FIRST LADY
- When Harding died, Calvin Coolidge became President of the United States.
- As First Lady, she took charge of the administration’s social affairs and quickly became a popular hostess.
- She was the first First Lady to speak in sound newsreels.
- Although President Coolidge did not discuss state affairs with Grace, they remained steadfast to each other.
- It was reported that she found out about President Coolidge’s re-election plans only after he announced it to the press.
- Grace Coolidge was voted one of America’s twelve greatest living women in 1931. She was also awarded a gold medal by the National Institute of Social Science.
- She was active in the American Red Cross and the Visiting Nurse Association.
- She became a role model to young women because of her sense of fashion and independence.
LATER LIFE AND DEATH
- Their family bought a large house in Northampton.
- President Coolidge suffered a major heart attack and died on January 5, 1933, at 60 years old.
- After the death of her husband, Grace Coolidge continued her efforts in the education of deaf children, in the American Red Cross, and civil defense. She also wrote for magazines.
- She kept to her private life until her death on July 8, 1957.
- She is buried next to former President Calvin Coolidge at the Plymouth Notch Cemetery in Plymouth, Vermont.
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- Grace Coolidge Facts
- Young Grace
- Make It True
- Event Sequence
- President Calvin
- Quoting Grace
- A Day in the Life
- Before and After
- Presidents’ Wives
- Sign Language Practice
- My Life Passions
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