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November 23, 2017

51 Amazing Photos That Capture Everyday Life of the First Lady-Mrs. Grace Coolidge with Her Family in the 1920s

Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge (1879-1957) was the wife of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. She was the First Lady from 1923 to 1929. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1902 with a bachelor of arts degree in teaching and joined the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, Massachusetts to teach deaf children to communicate by lip reading, rather than by signing. She met Calvin Coolidge in 1904, and the two were married the following year.

As her husband advanced his political career, Coolidge avoided politics. When Calvin Coolidge was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1919, she remained at home in Northampton with their children. After her husband's election as vice president in 1920, the family moved to Washington, D.C., living at the Willard Hotel. Coolidge did not speak out on political issues of the day, including women's rights. Instead, she dedicated herself to supporting popular causes and organizations, such as the Red Cross and the Visiting Nurse Association.

After the death of her son Calvin in 1924, she won the sympathy of the country. Unlike previous first ladies, who had withdrawn almost entirely from the public spotlight after personal tragedies, Coolidge resumed her official duties after only a few months.

In 1929, Calvin Coolidge's term as president ended, and the couple retired to Northampton. After her husband's death in 1933, Coolidge continued her work with the deaf and wrote for several magazines. She served on the boards of Mercersburg Academy and the Clarke School.

After the start of World War II, Grace joined a local Northampton committee dedicated to helping Jewish refugees from Europe. In 1957, she died of heart disease, and was buried in Plymouth, Vermont, beside her husband and her son.

These amazing photographs from Boston Public Library were taken by Boston photographer Leslie Ronald Jones that documented everyday life of Mrs. Coolidge and her family in the 1920s.

 Coolidge, the law and order governor, with his family during police strike, 1920

Pres. Coolidge and family, circa 1920

 Calvin Coolidge and wife, circa 1921

Governor and Mrs. Coolidge when Coolidge was elected as V.P., circa 1921

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge and son John in Plymouth, VT, circa 1924

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge with son John, 1924

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge, 1924

Pres. Coolidge and wife greet a civil war vet in Plymouth, VT, 1924

Pres. Coolidge presented with rakes, 1924

Pres. Coolidge's Plymouth Vt. home, 1924

John, Mrs. and Pres. Coolidge in Adirondacks, 1926

 Mrs. Calvin Coolidge in 1926

 Mrs. Calvin Coolidge in 1926

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge and their dog Rob Roy, circa 1926

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge in cemetery, 1926

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge visit cemetery, 1926

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge with their dog Rob Roy, 1926

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge, circa 1926

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge, circa 1926

Pres. Coolidge and wife in Swampscott, circa 1926

Pres. Coolidge and wife walking in cemetery, 1926

President and Mrs. Coolidge, 1926

Mrs. Coolidge and son John in Northampton, 1928

 Mrs. Coolidge and son John leaving her mother's home at 21 Massasoit St., Northampton, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge arrives at her mother's home in Northampton, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge arrives at her mother's home in Northampton, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge in Andover, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge waving in Andover, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge with her mother's nurse in Northampton, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge with son John at Northampton, 1928

Mrs. Coolidge's housekeeper, Mrs. Coolidge, and Mrs. Hills in Northampton, MA, 1928

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge at Andover, 1928

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge at Andover, 1928

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge at Andover, 1928

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge in Andover, 1928

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge in Andover, 1928

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge in Northampton to cast vote for Herbert Hoover, 1928

Calvin Coolidge and wife at sea

Here is Mrs. Coolidge's double and she lives in Boston

Mrs. and Col. Lindbergh with Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge in front of temporary White House in Washington

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge at M.I.T.

 Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge at Salem depot

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge in automobile

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge read inscription on monument to Gov. William Bradford

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge with aunt Mrs. Wilder

Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge with their dog Rob Roy

Pres. Coolidge and wife aboard the yacht Mayflower

Pres. Coolidge and wife in Cohasset

 President and Mrs. Coolidge in Cambridge

 Pres. Coolidge and wife return to Northampton after the end of Coolidge's second term, 1929

 Ex-Pres. and Mrs. Coolidge return to Northampton, MA, 1929



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