Coolidge, Calvin, 1927, Biographical Sketch
"SILENT CAL," as he has been labeled by Washington correspondents, received the news of his elevation to the Presidency in the middle of the night, while vacationing at the humble home of his father in the Green Mountains, miles from the railroad and the telegraph and even beyond the call of the telephone. There, between two and three o'clock in the morning of August 3, 1923, by the light of a kerosene lamp on the sitting-room table, the President's father, a notary public, administered the oath of the nation's highest office, to his son, as calmly and as simply as he had given him his chores to do in years gone by. Something of the stern, disciplinary spirit of that bleak, barren country had entered the blood of both father and son, and has since marked the administration of this quiet, contemplative man. Coming originally to public notice by the stand taken by him while Governor of Massachusetts during the Boston Police strike, the President is one' of the few Executives who has climbed every rung of the political ladder, from a common councilman of a small New England city to the Presidency.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 30.
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