The Supports of Civilization

April 24, 2014

Title: The Supports of Civilization, delivered as Vice President-elect Date: November 27, 1920 Location: Amherst College Alumni Dinner, New York City, New York (Original document available here) The process of civilization consists of the discovery by men of the laws of the universe, and of living in harmony with those laws. The most important of them to […]

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Commencement Address at George Washington University

April 24, 2014

Title: Commencement Address at George Washington University Date: February 22, 1929 Location: Washington, DC Context: In this speech, Calvin Coolidge delivers his last formal address as President and embarks his wisdom to the graduates of George Washington University. My Fellow Countrymen: Compared with some of the older nations, our holidays are few in number. Being less frequent, they […]

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Discriminating Benevolence

April 24, 2014

Title: Discriminating Benevolence Date: October 26, 1924 Location: The White House, delivered by phone to the Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York assembled at the Hotel Pennsylvania When the Committee representing your Federation brought me the invitation to address you this evening, I did not receive them with any very profound enthusiasm. To be confidential for a moment, […]

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Education: the Cornerstone of Self-Government

April 24, 2014

Title: Education: the Cornerstone of Self-Government Date: July 4, 1924 Location: Convention of the National Education Association, Washington, D.C (Original document available here) For almost a century and a half the Fourth of July has been marked as Independence Day. It has been given over to the contemplation of those principles and those institutions which America peculiarly […]

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First Annual Message to the Congress

April 21, 2014

Title: First Annual Message to the Congress Date: December 6, 1923 Location: Washington, D.C. Context: Coming four months after his succession to the U.S. presidency following President Warren Harding’s death in office, President Coolidge’s first address to the U.S. Congress demonstrates his ability to address a wide range of topics of national importance. Members of […]

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