A Proclamation – State Guard Announcement

Purpose: To announce calling out the State Guard and any police officers not on strike to deal with the Boston Police Strike 

Date: September 11, 1919

The entire State Guard of Massachusetts has been called out. Under the Constitution the Governor is the Commander in Chief thereof by an authority of which he could not if he chose divest himself. That command I must and will exercise. Under the law I hereby call on all the police of Boston who have loyally and in a never to be for gotten way remained on duty to aid me in the performance of my duty of the restoration and maintenance of order in the city of Boston, and each of such officers is required to act in obedience to such orders as I may hereafter issue or cause to be issued. I call on every citizen to aid me in the maintenance of law and order.

Given at the Executive Chamber, in Boston, this eleventh day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty-fourth.

Calvin Coolidge
By His Excellency the Governor,
Albert P. Langtry
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Calvin Coolidge, Have Faith in Massachusetts: A Collection of Speeches and Messages, 2nd ed.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919


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