John Gardner Coolidge

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John Gardner Coolidge
United States Minister to Nicaragua
In office
June 5, 1908 – November 21, 1908
President Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded by William L. Merry
Succeeded by John H. Gregory, Jr.
Personal details
Born July 4, 1863 (1863-07-04)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died February 28, 1936(1936-02-28) (aged 72)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Republican

John Gardner Coolidge (July 4, 1863 – February 28, 1936) was an American collector, diplomat, author, and nephew of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

From 1902 to 1906 he was a member of the Peking legation.[1]

Coolidge was appointed Minister to Nicaragua in 1908, at a time the relationship between the United States and Nicaragua was poor, and he arrived in Managua in August. He resigned in anger when no apology was forthcoming after a demonstration, ostensibly celebrating Taft's victory in the election, was disbanded and a U.S. flag confiscated in the process, despite an effort on the part of the State Department to calm him down.[2]

His summer home, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, is now a nonprofit museum.


  • Coolidge, John Gardner (1924). Random Letters From Many Countries. Boston: Marshall Jones. OCLC 565826. 
  • Coolidge, John Gardner (1931). A war diary in Paris, 1914-1917. Cambridge: Priv. Print. at the Riverside Press. OCLC 279442. 


  1. ^ John King Fairbank, Martha Henderson Coolidge, Richard J. Smith, H. B. Morse, Customs Commissioner and Historian of China, p. 277
  2. ^ Schoultz, Lars (1998). Beneath the United States: a history of U.S. policy toward Latin America ([Fourth printing]. ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University: Harvard University Press. p. 211. ISBN 0-674-92276-X. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William L. Merry
United States Minister to Nicaragua
August 24, 1908–November 21, 1908
Succeeded by
John H. Gregory, Jr.