Coolidge Chronology

Begins to Read Law

Calvin Coolidge expects to attend law school, but when an opening comes at Hammond and Field in Northampton, he “reads the law” in their offices to earn the necessary skills to become a lawyer. He studies from 1895-1897. At 25 years old, he passes the bar and after 7 months, he puts out his own shingle as a lawyer. His earnings for his first year are about $500. However, he is now a member of the Republican City Committee and the Common Council from Ward Two. He then becomes City Solicitor and starts the long climb up the political ladder from Northampton to Boston’s political scene.