The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is the official foundation dedicated to preserving the legacy and promoting the values of America’s 30th president. The Foundation was formed in 1960 by John Coolidge, the president’s son, along with a group of fellow Coolidge enthusiasts. The Foundation is headquartered at the president’s birthplace in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. It seeks to greatly increase Americans’ understanding of President Coolidge and the values he promoted.
The thirtieth president of the United States served 67 months, from August, 1923 to early March, 1929. Coolidge’s achievements include balancing the federal budget, cutting the size of the federal government, and reducing the top tax rate to a historic low of 25%. Coolidge also stewarded the Kellogg-Briand Pact through Congress.
In the absence of an official presidential library, the Coolidge Foundation maintains a collection of Coolidge-related papers and effects, operates a website with Coolidge materials, and conducts research on President Coolidge. The Foundation partners with the State of Vermont — which manages the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch — to encourage more Americans to acquaint themselves with Coolidge by visiting the historic site.
The Coolidge Scholars Program is the Foundation’s signature initiative. Among the most competitive and generous undergraduate awards in America, “The Coolidge” is a full-ride, four-year, scholarship that recipients can use at any accredited college or university in the United States. The inaugural class of Coolidge Scholars was selected in 2016.
In addition, the Coolidge Foundation hosts educational programs both in Plymouth Notch and across the country. In addition to hosting school groups, conferences, symposia, lectures, and public events, the Foundation operates a major debate program that brings hundreds of high schoolers to Plymouth Notch each summer to learn about Coolidge and debate topics related to presidential decision making.
We invite you to get involved with the Coolidge Foundation. Please sign-up for our weekly emails, donate to support our work, visit the historic site at Plymouth Notch, and explore our resources page to learn more about America’s thirtieth president and the values he championed.