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Grace Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge
There is a song from one of our not new musicals about girls which says something about ‘the short, the fat, the lean, the tall; I don’t give a rap, I love them all.’ That is the way I feel about people, and I have been fortunate in being placed where I had an opportunity to gratify my taste by meeting great numbers of them.

Born - January 3, 1879 in Burlington, Vermont

Parents - Andrew Issachar Goodhue & Lemira Barrett Goodhue

Married - October 4, 1905 to Calvin Coolidge

Children - John (1906 – 2000),
Calvin (1908 – 1924)

Education – Bachelor of philosophy at University of Vermont in 1902

Occupation – School teacher for deaf students at the Clarke School for the Deaf

Firsts - 1st First Lady to receive an honorary degree from Boston University.

Post White House residence - The Beeches in Northampton, Massachusetts

Other Offices – First Lady of Massachusetts 1919 – 1921

Died - July 8, 1957 in Northampton, Massachusetts

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  • Mrs. Coolidge received a gold medal from the National Institute of Social Sciences.
  • In 1931, Mrs. Coolidge was voted one of America’s 12 greatest living women.
  • After her husband’s death she took her first plane ride and first trip to Europe.
  • Later in life, she served as a trustee of the Clarke School for the Deaf.
  • Grace Coolidge was the 1st First Lady to receive an honorary degree from Boston University.

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