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Coolidge family papers addendum, 1869-1936.
Coolidge family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 183 (cont'd in MSA 184)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Coolidge family.
Title : Coolidge family papers addendum, 1869-1936.
Physical Description : .75 linear ft.
Summary :

This addendum to the Coolidge family papers is a small collection of correspondence and miscellaneous documents of the Coolidge family of Plymouth, Vermont, 1869-1936. The focus of the collection is letters to Sarah B. Coolidge (1823-1906) from her children and grandchildren during the period 1869-1896. Most significant of these are several letters future President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), as a child, wrote to his grandmother and later when he was a student at Saint Johnsbury Academy and Amherst College. Printed ephemera includes: catalogs for Black River Academy, Ludlow, Vt.; commencement programs for the years 1888, 1890, and 1896; and town reports for Plymouth, Vt., 1895 and 1897.

Biographical or historical data :

Calvin Galusha Coolidge was born September 22, 1815, in Plymouth, Vermont, the son of Calvin and Sarah (Thompson) Coolidge. He married Sarah Almeda Brewer in 1844. They had two children: John Calvin (1845-1926) and Julius Caesar (1851-1870). Calvin G. Coolidge served as justice of the peace, town agent, constable, and selectman for the town of Plymouth. He also represented the town in the General Assembly of Vermont, 1860-1861. He died in 1878. Sarah Almeda Brewer was the daughter of Israel C. and Sally C. Brewer. She had several brothers and sisters, among them Martha, Rebecca, and F. A. Brewer. In the 1850s some of the family, including Sarah's parents, moved west to Wisconsin. Widowed in 1878, Sarah married George W. Putnam in 1893. Putnam was Rebecca Brewer's widower.

Calvin G. Coolidge's son John C. Coolidge was born in November 1845. He married Victoria Josephine Moor in 1868, and they had two children: John Calvin, known as Calvin (1872-1933), and Abigail Grace (1875-1890). Victoria died in 1885 and Abigail died in 1890. A year later John married Carrie Athelia Brown. John Coolidge operated a store and post office out of his house in Plymouth, Vt., beginning in 1868. His other activities included service as justice of the peace, deputy sheriff, representative of the town of Plymouth in the state legislature (1872-1878), Windsor County senator (1910-1912), and vice president of the Ludlow Savings Bank.

John Coolidge's son (John) Calvin attended Plymouth schools until 1886, when he enrolled at Black River Academy at Ludlow, Vermont, from which he graduated in 1890. In 1895 Coolidge graduated from Amherst College and studied law at the office of Hammond and Field in Northampton, Massachusetts. His first elected position was in the city council in 1898, and from 1899 to 1902 he was city solicitor. He then was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1906, became mayor of Northampton in 1910, then state senator in 1911 and president of the Senate in 1913. In 1915 he was elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and became governor in 1918. Coolidge was elected vice president of the United States under President Warren G. Harding in 1920 and upon Harding's death in 1923 became president. He was reelected to that position in 1924 and chose not to run in subsequent elections.

Personal Subject : Coolidge, Sarah (Sarah Almeda Brewer), 1823-1906.
Corporate Subject : Black River Academy.
St. Johnsbury Academy Saint Johnsbury, Vt.
Amherst College.
Geographic Term : Plymouth (Vt.) Politics and government.
Added Author : Coolidge, John C., 1845-1926.
Coolidge, Victoria (Victoria Josephine Moor), 1846-1885.
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Coolidge, Abbie, (Abigail Grace), 1875-1890.
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