Letter from Calvin Coolidge to John Coolidge

Date: November 18, 1924

Context: Ever the academic disciplinarian, Coolidge advises his son John to study harder in college, particularly in French. John had just enrolled at Amherst, Coolidge’s alma mater.

My dear John:-

I am very sorry to hear you cannot get your French lesson. I do not consider it hard. I began it along in the winter and by getting up at 8 a.m. caught up with the class that began in the fall. 

I think you had better try staying in Amherst until you get a passing mark in all your studies. You are sent there to get your lessons. You do not need to take on any other activities. You have plenty time and opportunity for society outside your college days.  

I know you will be a good boy: I want you to work hard and get your lessons staying in Amherst until you get them all. 

Your father

Calvin Coolidge

P.S. The Thanksgiving recess will be a fine time to stay there and review your French 


Citation: Coolidge Family Papers, Vermont Historical Society

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The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Craig Eyermann, who prepared this document for digital publication

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