Health and Medical History of President

Calvin Coolidge

President #30
Lived: 1872-1933 Served: 1923-1929

Timeline from 1776: ← 2013

Maladies and Conditions

much sleep
Coolidge slept 11 hours a day. He went to bed at 10, got up between 7 and 9, and always took an afternoon nap lasting 2 to 4 hours 2a 1a. Was this a lifelong habit, or was it connected with depression?

Coolidge's 16 year old son Calvin died of sepsis (a bacterial infection) on July 7th, 1924. He had developed a blister on his toe after a game of tennis. A few days later, he was dead. The Democratic national convention, in session at the time, adjourned for the evening after the announcement was made 5a. (Coolidge was a Republican.)
The President suffered a period of utmost despondency without ever permitting anyone on the outside even to attempt to help him. He went about his routine almost as usual, giving no outward sign of what I knew to be a great emotional struggle. He never mentioned the illness or the loss of his son, and never gave me or anyone else a chance to express even a word of sympathy. It made me think he might have been far better off if he could have let some emotion show through, at least for a moment. 4a
Some believe that Coolidge's whole presidency changed after the death of his son.
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Cited Resources
  1. Boller, Paul F. Jr. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.0195029151 Libraries 80-27092. ap. 243
  2. Hoover, Irwin Hood (Ike). 42 Years in the White House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934. Libraries. ap. 268
    Comment: The Library of Congress contains more of Hoover's first-hand recollections of eight presidents.
  3. Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (ed). Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. 2nd ed. London: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1981.0850110335 Libraries. ap. 461
    Comment: Enumerates the ancestors and descendants of American presidents up through Ronald Reagan.
  4. Smith, Ira R. T.; Morris, Joe Alex. "Dear Mr. President:" The Story of Fifty Years in the White House Mail Room. New York: Julian Messner, 1949. Libraries. ap. 118
    Comment: Ira Smith was a peppery fellow who ran the White House mail room from 1897 to 1948. He started working during the administration of William McKinley and was the only mail room staffer until the volume of mail made it necessary to hire help during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt.
  5. Sobel, Robert. Coolidge: An American Enigma. Washington: Regnery, 1998.0895264102 Libraries 98014826 . app. 295-299
Other Resources
Alternate index terms: John Calvin Coolidge
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