Calvin Coolidge

Calvin and Grace Coolidge with their sons John and Calvin
Calvin and Grace Coolidge with their sons John and Calvin

Today the term public servant may sound outdated because so many office holders whose names and faces are in the news seem to be anything but servants. The online Merriam Webster dictionary defines public servant as a government official or employee. I believe Calvin Coolidge would define it differently. If we still used dictionaries that had pages in a book we held in our hands, I think the face of Calvin Coolidge would be a good choice to place beside the definition for public servant.

Coolidge said:

So much emphasis has been put upon the false that the significance of the true has been obscured and politics has come to convey the meaning of crafty and cunning selfishness, instead of candid and sincere service.

Our family has long admired President Coolidge for his character and his principles. This series of blog posts looks at his life and influence. I’ve included dozens of photographs showing the Coolidge family and different aspects of their lives. Enjoy!

Calvin Coolidge: From Childhood Training to the Vice Presidency

A Plymouth Notch Inauguration and a Surprise Adventure

A President for Children to Emulate

Lessons from President Coolidge About What to Teach First

President Coolidge’s Broken Heart

Essential Lesson for Children: Serving People


A Shy Person’s Words of Wisdom

Honoring Their Fathers