Although he was a man of few words, Calvin Coolidge was a very influential president.
Born on independence day, he was bound to be president. In 1898, he began to climb the political ladder. In the presidential election of 1920, he became vice president next to Warren Harding. Harding suddenly died only two years later. Coolidge was sworn in by his father in the middle of the night, making him the 30th president of the United States. After winning the election of 1924, his presidential career lasted a total length of six years.
Even after his presidency, he wrote memoirs and political commentary in magazines. By cleaning up the corruption of the Harding Administration, leading the nation through the Roaring Twenties, and restoring faith in the government, Calvin Coolidge left a legacy of being a stable and respectable president. After William Harding died, Calvin Coolidge took his place as president since he was vice president at the time. The Harding administration had created some corruption that Calvin Coolidge cleaned up. First, he selected Harlan F. Stone to replace Harry M.
Daugherty as Attorney General. Stone helped Coolidge eliminate corruption caused by the Harding Administration and brought back integrity to the Justice Department. Later, Coolidge nominated Stone for court and Stone became a justice on the Supreme Court. Second, he appointed two special prosecutors to investigate the Teapot Dome oil-lease scandal.
Teapot Dome was an oil reserve that was set aside by the US Navy for emergencies. Harding appointed Albert Fall as Secretary of the Interior, who convinced Harding to transfer oversight of the oil reserve from the Navy to the Department of the Interior. Fall then leased the reserve to Mammoth Oil Company. When Coolidge became president, his special counsel charged Fall for accepting bribes from oil companies in exchange for exclusive rights to drill on federal land.
By cleaning up corruptions like these from Harding’s presidency, Coolidge restored honesty and integrity to the government. Calvin Coolidge’s presidency took place during the Roaring Twenties. The Roaring Twenties were a time of clamorous living and extravagant spending. More people lived in cities than on farms. In addition, more people than ever owned automobiles and purchased mass produced goods. Jazz music became very popular. “Flappers” were an icon of the era, although not all women took that lifestyle. A typical “flapper” danced, smoked, drank alcohol, and wore short skirts, makeup, and bobbed hair.
Women also used their recently attained right to vote. Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Through all of this, Coolidge quietly watched over the country. As president, he became a sort of father figure.