Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

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Calvin Coolidge, Jr.
Calvin Coolidge, Jr. with hanging leaves.jpg
Born (1908-04-13)April 13, 1908
Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died July 7, 1924(1924-07-07) (aged 16)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Cause of death
Blood poisoning
Parents Calvin Coolidge
Grace Coolidge
Relatives John Coolidge (brother)

Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (April 13, 1908 – July 7, 1924) was the son of President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace Coolidge.


Calvin Coolidge, Jr., was born in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, on April 13, 1908 and was the younger of the two children of Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933), the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929) and Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge (1879–1957), First Lady of the United States from 1923 to 1929.[1] His father became President of the United States upon the death of President Warren G. Harding in 1923, when Calvin Jr. was fifteen years old.

On the afternoon of June 30, 1924, he played a game of tennis at the White House tennis court with his brother, John Coolidge.[2] Because he wore tennis shoes without socks, Calvin Jr. developed a blister on his right foot, which progressed into blood poisoning and was the cause of his death on July 7, 1924, less than three months after his sixteenth birthday.[3][4] His brother John described the loss of his brother as producing a depression in President Coolidge that lasted the rest of his life.[5]

Coolidge Jr. attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and would have graduated in 1925.


  1. ^ Greenberg, David (2007). Calvin Coolidge: The American Presidents Series: The 30th President, 1923-1929. Henry Holt and Company. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-8050-6957-0. 
  2. ^ Rushin, Steve (15 October 2013). The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobbleheads, Cracker Jacks, Jockstraps, Eye Black, and 375 Other Strange and Unforgettable Objects. Little, Brown. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-316-20094-3. 
  3. ^ "President's son, Calvin Jr., 16 dies". New York Times. July 8, 1924. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  4. ^ Calvin Coolidge, Jr. at Find A Grave
  5. ^ Martin, Douglas (June 4, 2000). "John Coolidge, Guardian of President's Legacy. Dies at 93". New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 'Though father was tenderhearted, he rarely showed his feelings. But when they were taking my brother's casket from the White House after the services, my father broke down and wept momentarily. Calvin was my father's favorite. It hurt him terribly. It hurt us all.' 

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