Calvin Coolidge Says, April 21, 1931

December 3, 2020

Date: April 21, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) It would be easier to determine who should go to college if the purpose of a college education first were decided. If it be conceded that the purpose is merely to train sufficient leaders in thought for the professions and statecraft then the number should […]

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Grove Oration

April 24, 2014

Title: An Oration at his Graduation from Amherst College Date: June 1, 1895 Location: Amherst, Massachusetts Context: An annual tradition at Amherst College, Calvin Coolidge was voted by his classmates to deliver a humorous address at graduation. (Original document available here) The mantle of truth falls upon the Grove Orator on condition that he wear it wrong side out. […]

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Williams College

April 24, 2014

Title: Williams College Address Date: October 17, 1919 Location: Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts (Original document available here) There speaks here with the voice of immortality one who loved Massachusetts. On every side arise monuments to that enduring affection bred not of benefits received but of services rendered, of sacrifices made, that the province of Massachusetts Bay might […]

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