Side-by-side black and white photographs of President Calvin Coolidge and Vice-President Charles Dawes in jugate style.
The Whitehead & Hoag Co. Buttons, Badges, Novelties and Signs. Union Bug. Newark, N.J.
Soft spoken and at times reclusive, Calvin Coolidge ascended to the presidency after Warren G. Harding's untimely death in 1923. When "Silent Cal" addressed Congress on December 6th, 1923, his speech was the first presidential address to be broadcast over the radio. Initially, Americans did not know what to make of Coolidge, but at the Republican convention in June, 1924, he was nominated on the first ballot, with former brigadier general, Charles Dawes, nominated as his vice president. His opponents in the 1924 election, Democrats John Davis and Charles Bryan, lost by a wide margin. Coolidge and Dawes carried every state except the South and Wisconsin.
On the campaign trail, however, Coolidge suffered an incomprehensible personal tragedy. His youngest son, Calvin Jr., had gotten a blister from playing tennis. Unfortunately, the blister got infected, and Calvin Jr. soon developed sepsis, dying shortly thereafter. Coolidge withdrew, later remarking, "when he died, the power and glory of the presidency went with him." "Silent Cal" did not seek another term as president after his 1924 victory.
After his presidency, Coolidge lived out his remaining years in Northampton, Massachusetts. He died in early 1933 of coronary thrombosis.