Calvin Coolidge on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

The Clockwork Conservative

Several Presidents have died on July 4th but Calvin Coolidge was the only to actually be born on that day.  No one knew on that day in 1872 that he would grow up to become the 30th President of the United States.  You cannot attribute the strong, silent, and conservative nature of his person and presidency on the date of his birth.  But perhaps he took some inspiration from that auspicious date and informed his character and philosophy with its import.

On July 5, 1926, President Coolidge delivered an address celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  He speaks not only on the ideas of individual freedom that are expressed in the document, but also on the spiritual elements that brought these ideas and movement that led to independence being considered at all.  In addition, he explains that to stay prosperous and free we must as a nation return…

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