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30 President - Calvin Coolidge Term - August 3 1923 to March 3 1929 Coolidge set out to establish a working relationship with the leading members of the Harding administration and he drew on many people for advice and help The scandals of Hardings presidency particularly the Teapot Dome oil affair were coming to light and Coolidge spent much of his time defending his party His relations with Congress were unhappy but he coped with scandal by prosecuting offenders and thanks to that his integrity and his self-possession he retrieved public confidence in the White House He gained enough control over the Republican Party to be nominated for president in June 1924 Coolidge also gained enough of the peoples confidence to be easily elected over his major opposition John W Davis Democrat and Robert M La Follette Progressive When Coolidge entered the campaign with a series of nonpolitical statements late that summer it was as the apostle of prosperity economy and respectability His opponents exhausted themselves with charges about the governments deficiencies while the President received credit for his equanimity and the economic upturn But 1924 was a sad year for Coolidge for in July his younger son Calvin Jr died of blood poisoning Coolidge was fairly successful in getting what he wanted during his full term as president Heading the list were paring the national debt and reducing income taxes so that there would be more money for consumer spending Other measures included orderly growth of civil and military aviation expansion of the services of the departments of Agriculture and Commerce regulation of radio broadcasting development of waterways flood control and encouragement of cooperative solutions to farm problems Twice he blocked enactment of the McNary-Haugen bill which proposed to dump farm surpluses abroad in the hope of raising domestic market prices because he objected to its price-fixing features and its cost 31 President -
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