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As our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political document like the Constitution. From their study of history, the Founders had learned of the pitfalls of republics before this one. They concluded that even the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment. Their fervent prayers were an integral part of the birth of our nation.
Presidential Quote of the Week
August 19th, 2014
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th President of the United States
Our great wealth created by our enterprise and industry, and saved by our economy, has had the widest distribution among our own people, and has gone out in a steady stream to serve the charity and the business of the world. The requirements of existence have passed beyond the standard of necessity into the region of luxury. Enlarging production is consumed by an increasing demand at home and an expanding commerce abroad. The country can regard the present with satisfaction and anticipate the future with optimism. The main source of these unexampled blessings lies in the integrity and character of the American people. They have had great faith, which they have supplemented with mighty works. They have been able to put trust in each other and trust in their Government. Their candor in dealing with foreign governments has commanded respect and confidence. Yet these remarkable powers would have been exerted almost in vain without the constant cooperation and careful administration of the Federal Government. – State of the Union Address, December 4, 1928
John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont on July 4, 1872, the only president to be born on Independence Day. Coolidge’s family had deep roots in New England, with his earliest American ancestor having emigrated from England around 1630. His great-great-grandfather was a military officer in the Revolutionary War.
Coolidge attended Black River Academy and then Amherst College. At his father’s urging, he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, to take up the practice of law. He became a country lawyer, and practiced transactional law, believing that he served his clients best by staying out of court.
Coolidge became involved in politics when he campaigned locally for presidential candidate William McKinley. His hard work earned him a membership on his party’s committee. Soon he won election to the City Council of Northampton. Six years later, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he voted for such matters as women’s suffrage and the direct election of senators. Continuing his upward move, he was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate where he served for just one year before running for Lieutenant Governor of the state. Three years later, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts.
At his party’s 1920 Convention, most of the delegates were selected by state party conventions, not primaries. As such, the field was divided among many local favorites and Coolidge was one such candidate. Warren G. Harding was the presidential nominee; and, unexpectedly Coolidge found himself nominated for vice president. The election went in their favor.
In August 1923, President Harding died while on a speaking tour in California. Coolidge was in Vermont visiting family, in a home which had neither electricity nor a telephone, and received word by messenger of Harding’s death. It is said that Coolidge dressed, said a prayer, and was administered the oath of office in the family parlor by the light of a kerosene lamp. The next day, he journeyed to Washington, and a justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia administered the oath to him, as the original oath in Vermont had been administered by a notary public. He finished serving Harding’s term, and then was re-elected President. His term ended March 4, 1929.
After his presidency, Coolidge retired to his Northampton home, “The Beaches,” where he became a local fixture. He died suddenly of a heart attack at his beloved home in January 1933. He is buried beneath a simple headstone in Notch Cemetery, Plymouth Notch, Vermont.
Coolidge was married to Grace Goodhue and they had two children. He listed his faith as Congregationalist
Featured Heritage Resource
God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson
By Vincent Phillip Muñoz
Did the Founding Fathers intend to build a “wall of separation” between church and state? Are public Ten Commandments displays or the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance consistent with the Founders’ understandings of religious freedom? In God and the Founders, Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz answers these questions by providing new, comprehensive interpretations of James Madison, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. By analyzing Madison’s, Washington’s, and Jefferson’s public documents, private writings, and political actions, Muñoz explains the Founders’ competing church-state political philosophies. Muñoz explores how Madison, Washington, and Jefferson agreed and disagreed by showing how their different principles of religious freedom would decide the Supreme Court’s most important First Amendment religion cases. God and the Founders answers the question, “What would the Founders do?” for the most pressing church-state issues of our time, including prayer in public schools, government support of religion, and legal burdens on individual’s religious conscience.
Our Nation’s Godly Heritage
August 19th, 2014
Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872), Painter and Inventor
The only gleam of hope, and I can not underrate it, is from confidence in God. When I look upward it calms my apprehensions for the future, and I seem to hear a voice saying: ‘If I clothe the lilies of the field, shall I not also clothe you?’ Here is my strong confidence, and I will wait patiently for the direction of Providence.
Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born in April 1791in Charlestown, Massachusetts. His father was a Calvinist preacher. After attending Phillips Academy in Andover, Morse went to Yale College to receive instruction on religious philosophy, mathematics and the science of horses. He supported himself by painting portraits. He gained admittance to the Royal Academy where he was moved by the art of the Renaissance, paying close attention to the works of Michelangelo and Raphael.
He was an acclaimed painter, and helped to found the National Academy of Design in New York City. He traveled again to Europe to improve his skills in Italy, Switzerland and France, and became interested in the photography methods of Louis Daguerre. He introduced the daguerreotype to the American press.
Desiring a means of more rapid communication after the untimely death of his wife, Morse developed the concept of a single-wire telegraph. In time, he developed the primary language of telegraphy still used in the world as the standard for rhythmic transmission of data.
Morse married Lucretia Pickering Walker who died shortly after the birth of their third child. He married a second wife, Sarah Elizabeth Griswold, and they had four children. He died a wealthy man, although he had given much to charity.
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