Coolidge: An American Enigma

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H. L. Remmel of Arkansas, who almost immediately prior to had seconded Lenroot, rose to modify to Coolidge. A Kansas delegate nominated Governor Henry Allen, and extra speeches for Coolidge undefined. Then Henry Anderson of Virginia used to be nominated, however the clamor for Coolidge persevered. The roll name got here quickly after, with Coolidge, 674½ to Lenroot’s 146½. A movement to make the nomination unanimous was once made and handed. And with this, the conference closed, at 7:30 PM. Had there ever been something particularly like this? The Boston Globe had it correct while it concluded, “Calvin Coolidge was once the 1st vice chairman in 100 years who used to be no longer needed at the kingdom; the rustic wanted him at the Republican get together. ” Former long island Senator Chauncey Depew, the dean of the conference on the age of eighty-six, had one other view; telegraphing his congratulations to Coolidge, he stated, “I were current at each Republican conference starting with 1856, and i've by no means obvious any such spontaneous and enthusiastic tribute to a guy because the vote for you for vice chairman. ” different wires undefined, together with one from Wilson’s vp Thomas Marshall, who wrote, “Please settle for my honest sympathy. ” Coolidge used to be now a countrywide determine. Writing of the adventure after his retirement, Coolidge mused that he may have gained the presidential nomination had the Massachusetts delegation been solidly on his part; that's, he put the blame for his negative displaying on resort. probably this was once the case, yet not really. Mark Sullivan concluded, “[I]f the Coolidge candidacy for the presidential nomination were pressed with part the astuteness that were at the back of Harding’s, Coolidge could were the nominee. ” yet as we've seen, there has been by no means a lot probability Coolidge might run a crusade like that. Coolidge didn't pursue any political place of work the way in which so much males did on the time. He hottest to attend till it got here to him, or whilst it appeared inconceivable that his bid will be rejected. So it labored out good for all involved, specifically for Coolidge. He later wrote:While i don't imagine it was once so meant [that I be nominated for the presidency] i've got constantly been of the opinion that this grew to become out to be a lot the easiest for me. I had no nationwide event. What i've got ever been capable of do has been the results of first studying easy methods to do it. it's not that i am talented with instinct. i would like not just labor yet adventure to be able to clear up difficulties. The presidents who've long gone to Washington with no first having held a few nationwide place of work were at nice drawback. It takes them decades to develop into accustomed to the federal officeholders and the government. in the meantime they've got hassle in facing the location. in fact, we don't understand how he felt on the time approximately now not receiving the presidential nomination. He had the conference throughout the newspapers and telegrams and cell calls, yet no longer the radio, simply because on the time “wireless telephony” used to be in its infancy, and broadcasting nonetheless a dream.

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