Grace Coolidge

U.S. First Lady

Born: 3 January 1879
Died: 8 July 1957
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont
Best known as:

First Lady to U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

Name at birth: Grace Anna Goodhue

 

Grace Coolidge was married to United States president Calvin Coolidge and presided as First Lady from 1923 until 1929. Grace was a graduate of the University of Vermont (1902) and taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts before she married Calvin (1905). While Calvin was lawyering in Northampton and then politicking in Boston, she was hostess and mother to their two sons. When Calvin became Warren G. Harding's vice president, Grace moved into Washington society, and when he became president after Harding's death in 1923, Grace became First Lady. Uninvolved in politics, she worked on behalf of the hearing-impaired and executed her duties as the first lady with a lively personality that stood in contrast to her famously taciturn husband, "Silent Cal." She was known as good-natured and charming, despite the tragedy of their youngest son's death in 1924. Widowed just four years out of the White House, she spent her retirement helping charitable organizations and indulging her passion for baseball.

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