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Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge was the only son of a Vermont storekeeper He was born in the house at the rear of his fathers combined general store and post office in Plymouth Notch In 1891 he enrolled in Amherst College in Amherst Massachusetts His favorite subjects at college were philosophy and speech Following his graduation from Amherst in 1895 Coolidge studied law in Northampton Massachusetts The following year he opened his own law office in Northampton and maintained a practice there until 1919 Coolidge devoted as much time as his law practice would permit to Republican Party politics In 1898 he was elected city councilman of Northampton He won many votes by his popular saying I want your vote I need it I shall appreciate it Between 1900 and 1911 he served as city solicitor clerk of courts representative in the Massachusetts legislature and mayor of Northampton He then served as senator in the state legislature from 1912 to 1915 and as lieutenant governor from 1916 to 1918 In 1918 Coolidge was nominated as the Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts Many people began to think of him for the presidency and his Massachusetts supporters tried to have him nominated at the Republican National Convention in 1920 He did not receive too many votes and was beat out by Warren G Harding Coolidge was inaugurated vice president on March 4 1921 While Coolidge was vice president it was rumored that major scandals involving Hardings friends were about to break out into the public All this proved true and Harding and Coolidge were in the middle of the Tea Pot Dome Scandal Harding died suddenly in San Francisco California on August 2 1923 Coolidge took the presidential oath in the farmhouse parlor by the light of kerosene lamps Calvin Coolidge temporarily took over Hardings Cabinet his group of presidential advisors and department heads Hardings problems went to Coolidge to clean
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