Calvin Coolidge 1914 Typed Letter Signed as President of the Massachusetts Senate


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30th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Calvin Coolidge” as President of the Massachusetts State Senate, December 5, 1914, “Massachusetts Senate / President’s Room. / State House, Boston” letterhead, to Clarence Hobbs, Jr., a Massachusetts State Senator, in full:

I shall be at the State House Tuesday from 10 A.M. and Wednesday to talk with you about Committees.

If you do not see me there, write me what you would like or see me in Northampton, or both, right away.  With so much high class talent in the Senate, no one is going to get so much as he deserves, but each will have time to present his best work.

Great letter from early in Coolidge’s political career.

Republican Calvin Coolidge climbed the political ladder in his home state of Massachusetts.  He won election to the State Senate in 1911.  Coolidge intended to retire after his second term as was the custom, but when the President of the State Senate, Levi H. Greenwood, considered running for Lieutenant Governor, Coolidge decided to run again for the Senate in the hopes of being elected as its presiding officer.  He won and held that position for several terms.  He later decided to run for Lieutenant Governor, won, and held the office from 1916-1919.

Coolidge would go on to serve as Governor of Massachusetts from 1919-1921, become Vice President of the United States in 1921 and succeed to President when Warren G. Harding died on August 2, 1923.