The Forgotten Man
Calvin Coolidge served for five and a half years as the 30th president of the United States, and history has not been kind to him. It has long been said of Coolidge that, like Gilbert and Sullivan’s House of Lords, he “did nothing in particular / And did it very well.” Indeed, to the extent that he is remembered at all, he is remembered as “Silent Cal,” a man of notably few words in an office whose occupants have more often been famous for loquacity. When, in January 1933, Dorothy Parker was told that Coolidge had died, she said, “How can they tell?”
About the Author
John Steele Gordon has written four books on American economic history.