Glenn E. Coolidge

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Glenn E. Coolidge
Glenn E. Coolidge.jpg
Member of the California Assembly
for 27th District
In office
Preceded by Richard J. Dolwig
Succeeded by Leo Ryan
Personal details
Born (1902-12-02)December 2, 1902
Cripple Creek, Colorado
Died September 12, 1962(1962-09-12) (aged 59)
Santa Cruz, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Felton, California
Occupation Politician

Glenn E. Coolidge (December 2, 1902 – September 12, 1962) was a California politician and member of the California State Assembly for the 27th District.

Early life[edit]

Coolidge was born in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1902 and his family moved to Lindsay, California in 1909.[1] He married Margaret Welch, and worked in real estate and investment.[1] Coolidge was a Republican from Felton, California.[2]


He was elected to the Assembly on November 4, 1952 and won reelection four times.[3] He was the only candidate for Assembly for the 27th District in each of his elections.[3] Richard J. Dolwig had held the assembly seat before him,[4] and he was succeeded by Leo Ryan.[5]

Coolidge served as chairman of the Assembly's ways and means committee. During his time on the Assembly, Coolidge led the Republican economy bloc's attempts to stop Assemblyman Jesse M. Unruh from pushing through tax increases promoted by the Governor of California.[6] He was active with the Alcoholic Beverage Rehabilitation Commission, whose purpose was to study issues surrounding alcoholism and methods of treatment.[7]

Coolidge was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from California in 1956 and 1960.[8] In 1956 he was considered by California Governor Goodwin Knight for the position of California State Treasurer after Charles G. Johnson resigned from the position due to health concerns,[2] but A. Ronald Button was chosen for the position.[9]

Coolidge was the Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives for California's 12th congressional district, and ran against Democrat W.K. Stewart from Carmel.[10] Coolidge died of a heart attack on September 12, 1962[11] during his campaign for Congress in September 1962,[12] and Republican Burt L. Talcott was elected.[13] At the time of his death he had a bipartisan following in California state politics.[12]

Glenn Coolidge Drive on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus is named for Coolidge.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b California Secretary of State (1963). California Blue Book. California Printing Division, California Office of State Printing. p. 203. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (October 4, 1956). "Assemblyman Coolidge May Get Treasurer Post". Los Angeles Times. p. 18. 
  3. ^ a b One Voter Project (2008). "Glenn E. Coolidge". Join California: Election History for the State of California. Alex Vassar & Shane Meyers. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ One Voter Project (2008). "Richard J. Dolwig". Join California: Election History for the State of California. Alex Vassar & Shane Meyers. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  5. ^ Staff. "RYAN, Leo Joseph, (1925–1978)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States government. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  6. ^ Putnam, Jackson K. (2005). Jess: The Political Career of Jesse Marvin Unruh. University Press of America. p. 27. ISBN 0-7618-3068-5. 
  7. ^ Weinberger, Caspar W. (2003). In the Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century. Regnery Publishing. p. 106. ISBN 0-89526-103-0. 
  8. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence (June 16, 2008). "Index to Politicians: Coolidge". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (February 6, 1987). "A. Ronald Button, Lawyer". San Jose Mercury News. p. 5B. 
  10. ^ Wicker, Tom (August 24, 1962). "Districting Aids Coast Democrats". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. 11. 
  11. ^ "Coolidge Dies". Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California). September 12, 1962. p. 1. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Hill, Gladwin (October 20, 1962). "16 Men Battling in California For Eight New Seats in House; State's Delegation Will Increase to 38 as Result of '60 Census—Democrats Expected to Gain 6 Places". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. 10. 
  13. ^ Staff. "TALCOTT, Burt Lacklen, (1920 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States government. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  14. ^ Williams, Wendy (1996). The Best Bike Paths of the Southwest: Safe, Scenic, and Traffic-Free Bicycling. Simon and Schuster. p. 113. ISBN 0-684-81400-5. 
California Assembly
Preceded by
Richard J. Dolwig
California State Assembly

Succeeded by
Leo Ryan