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Grace Coolidge
Grace Coolidge knitting.jpg
First Lady of the United States
In office
August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
Preceded byFlorence Harding
Succeeded byLou Henry Hoover
Wife of the Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
Preceded byLois Marshall
Succeeded byCaro Dawes
Personal details
BornJanuary 3, 1879(1879-01-03)
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 1957(1957-07-08) (aged 78)
Spouse(s)Calvin Coolidge
ChildrenJohn Coolidge
Calvin Jr.
Alma materUniversity of Vermont
OccupationFirst Lady of the United States

Grace Coolidge (January 3, 1879 – July 8, 1957) was First Lady of the United States. She was the wife of United States President Calvin Coolidge. She acted as the First Lady of the United States from 1923 to 1929.


Her parents were Andrew and Lemira B. Goodhue. She was their only child. She spent her childhood at Burlington, Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1902. She then started teaching at a school for the deaf children. The name of that school was the Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton, Massachusetts. There she met Calvin Coolidge. They married in October 1905. The name of their first son was John Coolidge. The name of their second, born in 1908, son was Calvin, Jr.

During all these years, her husband was working as a lawyer. Then, he became the governor. During all these years, Grace Coolidge helped her husband actively. By 1921, her husband has become the Vice President. They moved to Washington. Grace Coolidge soon became very popular in the high society of Washington.

First Lady

A painting of Grace Coolidge

President Warren G. Harding died in 1923, and Calvin Coolidge became the President of the United States. Suddenly, their second son aged only 16 years died. She did not allow her personal sadness to disturb her work as the First Lady.

Later life

In 1929, the president retired, and the couple left Washington. They went to Northampton (Massachusetts) to live. USA’s National Institute of Social Sciences awarded her a gold medal. In 1931, many people of America selected her as one of America’s living women.

In 1933, her husband died, but she lived for many decades. She died in 1957 at the age of 78. She lived a private life. In between, she took her first airplane ride and a trip to Europe.