Why Coolidge Matters

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

- Michael Dukakis

Cynthia D. Bittinger

Cynthia D. Bittinger

Retired former Executive Director, The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation

"He encouraged women and their aspirations in every field of our modern era."

Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D.

Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D.

Educator and Presidential Scholar

"Coolidge put a greater premium on common sense ('horse sense' in Coolidge-speak) than he did on what he learned in books and saw in the press." .

Burton Folsom Jr., Ph.D.

Burton Folsom Jr., Ph.D.

The Charles Kline Professor of History and Management at Hillsdale College

"Coolidge, we must always remember, wanted prosperity as a means, not an end."

Robert E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Robert E. Gilbert, Ph.D.

The Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University

"Coolidge's successes with Congress reflected high levels of political acumen and hard work."

Melanie Gustafson

Melanie Gustafson

Historian and Author

"For him the line between public and private was solid. It may be one of his most enduring political legacies."

Daniel J. Leab, Ph.D.

Daniel J. Leab, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Seton Hall University

"A visiting magazine writer found Coolidge handled (media) correspondents with a remarkable 'smoothness,' being 'simple, easy and direct."

Peter Schramm, Ph.D.

Peter Schramm, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Ashland University

"Perhaps Coolidge understood that all great truths are simple and they do not very often need a verbose defense."

Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes

Author and Syndicated Columnist

"Coolidge's commitment to low taxes came out of his concept of property rights. He viewed heavy taxation as the legalization of expropriation."

Jerry L. Wallace

Jerry L. Wallace

Historian and retired archivist from the National Archives and Records Administration

"President Coolidge gave the American people, as Will Rogers, observed, the kind of government they wanted: that is, honest, efficient, economical and pro-growth."

L. John Van Til, Ph.D.

L. John Van Til, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow, Harvard University

"Indeed, the nation would be much better served if more of its Presidents had a world view as consistent as Coolidge's."

Ward Connerly

Ward Connerly

Founder and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute

"He was a Republican, but throughout his distinguished career he reached across the partisan divide to enlist the support of Democrats to address the needs of the people. Coolidge had enormous faith in the ability of the people to govern themselves."

The Honorable Michael Dukakis

The Honorable Michael Dukakis

Former Governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee

"Nobody ever questioned Coolidge's integrity, including his political opponents. And it is why Coolidge not only matters today, but is relevant for the times."

Robert H. Ferrell, Ph.D.

Robert H. Ferrell, Ph.D.

Retired Professor, Indiana University, and expert on American foreign policy and the U.S. Presidency

"That Coolidge had an effect, even beyond whatever political messages he desired to impart, and managed to do it in fine fashion, is undeniable."

Russell Fowler, J.D.

Russell Fowler, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

"The record of Calvin Coolidge's Presidency…provides wisdom worth retrieving today."

J.R. Greene

J.R. Greene

Author

"The values of Calvin Coolidge should be rediscovered by all those who would seek to return the United States to the ideals of its founding and greatness."

The Honorable John F. Kerry

The Honorable John F. Kerry

Four-term United States Senator from Massachusetts and the 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee

"America needs a Calvin Coolidge today to restore our faith in the office of the Presidency and in politics more generally."

John Moser, Ph.D.

John Moser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Ashland University

"For Coolidge, conservatism meant a strict adherence to the Constitution, a tightly limited role for the Executive Branch, and, above all, fiscal discipline."

The Honorable M. Jodi Rell

The Honorable M. Jodi Rell

Governor of Connecticut

"We all need to step back and create a different perspective on what it means to serve the public, and on what we desire form our elected officials: leadership and ideas."

David Shribman

David Shribman

Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"In a period when the entire country was making a great, reckless wager in hopes of a great fortune, Coolidge personified thrift and prudence."

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