About Calvin Coolidge

When Warren Harding dropped dead in 1923m his VP Calvin Coolidge was sworn in to be President and then ran for the office the following year. Former Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes became his running mate after several rounds at the Republican convention.

Coolidge/Dawes were pitted aga... [more below]


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About Calvin Coolidge

When Warren Harding dropped dead in 1923m his VP Calvin Coolidge was sworn in to be President and then ran for the office the following year. Former Brigadier General Charles G. Dawes became his running mate after several rounds at the Republican convention.

Coolidge/Dawes were pitted against John Davis, a little-known congressman and diplomat from West Virginia, on the Democratic side. A third-party candidacy emerged when Wisconsin Senator Robert M. La Follette quit the GOP and formed the Progressive party. The democratic candidate Davis was widely seen as conservative so many liberals followed La Follette.

In the end, after a subdued campaign marked in part by the death of Calvin Coolidge’s son, Coolidge and Dawes carried 35 states and got 54% of the popular vote. Davis carried the south but got only 28% of the vote. La Follette took only his home state.