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John Calvin Coolidge, III

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, USA
Death: May 31, 2000 (93)
Dartmouth Hitchcock Med Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Windsor, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the USA and Grace Coolidge, First Lady
Husband of Florence Coolidge
Father of Cynthia Coolidge and Lydia Coolidge Sayles
Brother of Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

Occupation: Railroad Executive, Businessman, Entrepreneur
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About John Calvin Coolidge, III

Eldest son of President Calvin Coolidge.

John Coolidge, was born in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, on September 7, 1906. He was the elder of the two children of Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933), the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929) and Grace Anna Goodhue (1879–1957), First Lady of the United States from 1923 to 1929.[nb 1] In his autobiography, Calvin Coolidge recorded his impressions of the birth of his first son: The fragrance of the clematis which covered the bay window filled the room like a benediction where the mother lay with her baby. It was all very wonderful to us.

Coolidge attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1924. He then enrolled at Amherst College, his father's alma mater, graduating in 1928.

On September 23, 1929 at Plainville, Connecticut, he married Florence Trumbull She was born on November 30, 1904, at Plainville, Connecticut, the daughter of Connecticut governor John H. Trumbull and Maud Pierce Usher. The Coolidges had two daughters, Cynthia Coolidge Jeter[5] (1933-1989) and Lydia Coolidge Sayles[5] (1939-2001). She died on February 15, 1998 at Plymouth Notch, Vermont.[6]

He was an executive with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. He served as president of the Connecticut Manifold Forms Company until 1960, when he reopened the Plymouth Cheese Corporation in Plymouth at the historic village. He helped start the Coolidge Foundation and his gifts of buildings, land, and artifacts were instrumental in creating the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. He was also a director of the Harvard Art Museum.

Well into his 80s, Coolidge was seen shuttling back and forth from his home near the Calvin Coolidge Historical Site to collect his mail at the old post office located on the historic site. He was reportedly a charming and excited talker who would still answer visitors' questions about his father or his family, and who would, on occasion, give a rare personal interview.

He died on May 31, 2000 at Lebanon, Grafton County, New Hampshire. He is buried beside his wife, parents, brother and several generations of the Coolidge family in the Plymouth Notch Cemetery at Plymouth, Windsor County, Vermont. He was survived by a daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

In the summer of 1924, he was playing tennis with his brother, Calvin Jr., on the White House grounds when Calvin Jr. suffered a blister on his toe, which became infected, resulting in his death a week later. John described the loss of his brother as producing a depression in President Coolidge that lasted the rest of his life. As John Coolidge told Life magazine in 1992: Though father was tenderhearted, he rarely showed his feelings. But when they were taking my brother's casket from the White House after the services, my father broke down and wept momentarily. Calvin was my father's favorite. It hurt him terribly. It hurt us all.

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John Calvin Coolidge, III's Timeline

September 7, 1906
Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, USA
Age 23
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
October 28, 1933
Age 27
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
August 14, 1939
Age 32
New Haven, , Connecticut, USA
May 31, 2000
Age 93
Dartmouth Hitchcock Med Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA
Plymouth, Windsor, Vermont, United States