Why Coolidge Matters

Coolidge not only matters today, but is relevant for the times

- Michael Dukakis

Cynthia D. Bittinger

Cynthia D. Bittinger

Hanover, New Hampshire

Cynthia D. Bittinger is the retired former Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in Plymouth, Vermont. Her biography on First Lady Grace Coolidge is entitled Grace Coolidge, Sudden Star. She is on the editorial board of White House Studies and wrote the biographical profile for Grace Coolidge in American First Ladies. Her commentaries on Calvin and Grace Coolidge won a Vermont Associated Press award and a commendation award from the American Association for State and Local Historical Societies in 2004.

The Honorable James H. Douglas

The Honorable James H. Douglas

Governor of Vermont

Governor James H. Douglas was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives after graduating from Middlebury College in 1972. He became Assistant Majority Leader in his second term and Majority Leader in his third term at age 25. Governor Douglas retired from the Legislature in 1979 to become a top aide to Governor Richard Snelling. In 1980, he was elected Secretary of State, a post he would hold until 1993. He was elected State Treasurer in 1994 and implemented programs that returned millions of dollars in assets to their rightful owners; and in 2002 he successfully ran for Governor and was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D.

Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D.

Washington D.C.

Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D., is an educator and Presidential scholar. He teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn't: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game.

Burton Folsom Jr., Ph.D.

Burton Folsom Jr., Ph.D.

Hillsdale, Michigan

Burton Folsom, Jr., Ph.D., is the Charles Kline Professor of History and Management at Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he specializes in the history of the American Presidency. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of Urban Capitalists, Empire Builders and The Myth of the Robber Barons and New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America.

Robert E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Robert E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Boston, Massachusetts

Robert E. Gilbert, Ph.D., is the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and is a specialist on the American Presidency. His articles have appeared in such journals as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Psychology, Politics and the Life Sciences and Congress and the Presidency. His books include The Mortal Presidency: Illness and Anguish in the White House; Managing Crisis: Presidential Disability and the 25th Amendment; and The Tormented President: Calvin Coolidge, Death and Clinical Depression.

Melanie Gustafson

Melanie Gustafson

Burlington, Vermont

Melanie Gustafson is a historian and author of Women and the Republican Party, 1854-1924. She is also the co-editor of We Have Come to Stay: American Women and Political Parties, 1880-1960 and Major Problems in the History of World War II. She edits the American Women's Biography series for the University of New Mexico Press, and is well known for writing Becoming a Historian: A Survival Guide, published by the American Historical Association.

Daniel J. Leab, Ph.D.

Daniel J. Leab, Ph.D.

South Orange, New Jersey

Daniel J. Leab, Ph.D., is a Professor of History at Seton Hall University. His essays on popular culture have appeared in various anthologies and include Coolidge, Hays, and 1920's Movies. For two decades he was editor of the journal Labor History and, from 1959 to 1975, he contributed to the Columbia Journalism Review in various editorial capacities. His writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including Monthly Labor Review, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and TV and Journalism Quarterly.

Peter Schramm, Ph.D.

Peter Schramm, Ph.D.

Ashland, Ohio

Peter W. Schramm, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Ohio's Ashland University, where he is also Chairman of the Master's Program in American History and Government. He has written on Calvin Coolidge, Abraham Lincoln and Booker T. Washington. Formerly, he served in President Ronald Reagan's Administration as the Director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education, and as President of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy.

Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes

Waterford, Maine

Amity Shlaes is a syndicated economic columnist for Bloomberg, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Forgotten Man, a bestselling history of the Great Depression. She was formerly a columnist for the Financial Times and a member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal. She has been published in the National Review, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs and the American Spectator, among other publications. She has twice been a finalist for the Loeb Prize in commentary, and in 2002 she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international award for writing on political economy.

Milt Valera

Milt Valera

Chatsworth, California

Milt Valera is President of the National Notary Association and Chairman of the National Notary Group. His vision and dedication to the American Notary office and his intense interest in the presidency of Calvin Coolidge provided the leadership and guidance for the publication of Why Coolidge Matters. He created The Uniform Notary Act and its successor, The Model Notary Act, and also established The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications and continues as editor of The National Notary. He is an active alumnus of the California State University, Northridge, Foundation Board.

Jerry L. Wallace

Jerry L. Wallace

Oxford, Kansas

Jerry L. Wallace is a historian, writer and a retired archivist from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. He has been a member of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation since 1971 and is currently researching Calvin Coolidge and the 1920s. He served as historian/archivist of three Presidential inaugural committees in 1973, 1981, and 1985, and is now archivist at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

Ward Connerly

Ward Connerly

Sacramento, California

Ward Connerly is the founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, a former member of the University of California Board of Regents, author of Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences, and an advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans. He is the recipient of the Patrick Henry Award (1995), the Ronald Reagan Award (1998) and the Racial Harmony Hall of Fame Award (2000). He has been profiled on "60 Minutes" and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, and has appeared on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "Crossfire," "Meet the Press," and "NBC Nightly News," among others.

The Honorable Michael Dukakis

The Honorable Michael Dukakis

Boston, Massachusetts

Michael Dukakis is a former legislator and Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and was the Democratic Party's nominee for the U.S. Presidency in 1988. He is an attorney and a member of the Massachusetts Bar, and served four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He also served on the board of directors for Amtrak and is a professor of political science at Northeastern University, a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University, and a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Robert H. Ferrell, Ph.D.

Robert H. Ferrell, Ph.D.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Robert H. Ferrell, Ph. D., retired from the faculty of Indiana University, is an expert on American foreign policy and the history of the U.S. Presidency. He is the author of The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge; American Diplomacy: The Twentieth Century; Harry S. Truman: A Life; Presidential Leadership: From Woodrow Wilson to Harry S. Truman, and Grace Coolidge: The People's Lady in Silent Cal's White House.

Russell Fowler, J.D.

Russell Fowler, J.D.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Russell Fowler, J.D., is Associate Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has written more than 40 articles on law and legal history — a number of them on Calvin Coolidge — for the American Bar Association, Smithsonian Institution, The Journal of Supreme Court History, The New England Law Review, and others.

J.R. Greene

J.R. Greene

Athol, Massachusetts

J.R. Greene is the author of 15 books and numerous articles on historical subjects. His three books on Calvin Coolidge include: Calvin Coolidge: A Biography in Picture Postcards; Calvin Coolidge's Plymouth Vermont; and A Bibliography of Pamphlets Relating to Calvin Coolidge, 1910–1988. He is a lifelong resident of Athol, Massachusetts.

The Honorable John F. Kerry

The Honorable John F. Kerry

Boston, Massachusetts

John F. Kerry is a four-term United States Senator from Massachusetts and was the 2004 Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. He is the thirteenth most senior Senator, the second longest serving Senator in his seat, and the tenth most influential Senate Democrat according to Roll Call/Knowlegis. He serves as Chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee and holds senior positions on the Finance, Commerce, and Small Business Committees. A Vietnam combat veteran and former District Attorney, he also served as Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — a position once held by Calvin Coolidge.

John Moser, Ph.D.

John Moser, Ph.D.

Ashland, Ohio

John Moser, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Ashland University in Ohio. An expert on U.S. Presidents of the early twentieth century, he has written numerous essays and three books on American history: Presidents from Hoover through Truman, 1925-1953; John T. Flynn and the Transformation of American Liberalism; and Twisting the Lion's Tail: Anglophobia in the United States, 1921-48. He is currently at work on a book on the history of the 1920s.

The Honorable M. Jodi Rell

The Honorable M. Jodi Rell

Governor of Connecticut

M. Jodi Rell is Connecticut's 87th Governor and the state's first-ever woman chief executive. She's held elected office in Connecticut for more than two decades. She served as Lieutenant Governor for over nine years, and represented the District of Brookfield in the state House of Representatives. In 2003, she was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest form of recognition conferred by the Lions Club International Foundation for representing humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion and concern for the less fortunate.

David Shribman

David Shribman

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David M. Shribman is the Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Formerly he was Washington bureau chief of The Boston Globe, national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and a political and Congressional reporter for The New York Times. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and of the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences at Dartmouth.

L. John Van Til, Ph.D.

L. John Van Til, Ph.D.

Grove City, Pennsylvania

L. John Van Til, Ph.D., is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Texas and at Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania. His main academic interest has been intellectual history, as evidenced by his book Liberty of Conscience: The History of a Puritan Idea. He has produced several hundred reviews, articles, essays and chapters in assorted publications. A new edition of the writings of Calvin Coolidge will include his book-length essay Thoughtful Calvin Coolidge.

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