Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872, in a one-and-one half story house attached to the two-story family general store. In 1924, President Coolidge adapted the second floor of the store or “ballroom” as his summer White House office. The general store is hanging on the top center of the official 2015 White House Christmas ornament.
President Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge were baseball fans and temporarily transferred their allegiance from the Boston Red Sox to the Washington Senators. They enjoyed going to watch the Senators, who won the World Series in 1924 and the American League championship in 1925.
Coolidge was born on July 4 and as a teenager is said to have joined other boys of Plymouth Notch in stealing a cannon from nearby Plymouth Union; boys from Plymouth Union would steal the cannon back in a back-and-forth ritual that went on for years.
On June 2, 1924 President Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted full citizenship to Native Americans. In 1926 he appointed a commission to examine federal programs for Native Americans and to investigate life on reservations.
On June 11, 1927 President Coolidge awarded Charles Lindbergh the first Distinguished Flying Cross for his nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20 and 21, 1927.
Calvin Coolidge enjoyed wearing Western garb while on a 2-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1927. Movie star Tom Mix, with his trademark 10-gallon hat, was just one of the famous celebrities to visit Calvin Coolidge at the White House. A cowboy hat sits on a branch on the middle right of the official White House ornament for 2015.
As president, Coolidge enjoyed fishing at White Pine Camp in the Adirondacks above Saranac Lake, New York, and at the “Summer White House” in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
President Calvin Coolidge’s swearing-in took place in John Coolidge's family parlor at Plymouth Notch, Vermont by the light of a kerosene lamp at 2:47 a.m. on August 3, 1923 after word had arrived by telegram of President Harding’s sudden death in San Francisco.
The White House always had an attic, but a full third floor was not created until the Coolidge Administration. When problems with the roof structure were discovered, architects increased the pitch of the roof and lowered the floor to accommodate new guest and service rooms. At Mrs. Coolidge’s request a sunroom facing south toward the river was added.
On December 6, 1923 a presidential address was broadcast on a radio network for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress. The speech was heard by about half of the nation.
A little raccoon was sent from Mississippi to be part of the White House Thanksgiving meal in 1926, but the Coolidge’s liked her so much they adopted her as a pet instead. The raccoon was named Rebecca on Christmas Eve 1926 and soon became a White House fixture. She is perched near the bottom of the 2015 White House ornament.
On August 10, 1927 President Calvin Coolidge attended the dedication ceremony of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Shortly after their marriage in 1905 Calvin Coolidge presented his new wife Grace with a basket containing pairs of socks to mend. When she asked him if he had married her to get his socks darned, he replied, “No—but I find it mighty handy.”
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Designed and manufactured in the United States, the 2015 Official White House Christmas ornament brings to life President Coolidge’s lighting of the first National Christmas tree in 1923.
Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States of America. Each year the Association sequentially honors the presidents with a personalized ornament design that honors their administration.
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The 2015 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Calvin Coolidge, who served as the thirtieth president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. A depiction of the first National Christmas tree crafted from shiny brass plated with nickel and 24k gold is illuminated from within and hung with ornaments representing the events of Coolidge’s unique life and presidency.
The 14 colorful ornaments represented on the front of the tree are beautifully silhouetted in 24k gold on the back of the design. The windows of the Coolidge White House glow from within with the north and south facades featured on front and back of the ornament respectively.
The sweeping banner anchoring the tree reads “White House Christmas 2015” on the front and “1923 Calvin Coolidge 1929” on the back. Tucked discretely on the back of the ornament is the switch for the new LED light feature included in this year’s design.
Photo Credit: Library of Congress
Much respected for his thoroughness, diligence, and fair-mindedness, Calvin Coolidge held a variety of local and state offices before serving as vice president under President Harding and then president from 1923 to 1929. Read President Coolidge’s Full Biography
The Coolidge family celebrated Christmas at the White House with a quiet family gathering in 1923 with their sons. At 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve the president pressed a button and lighted strings of more than 2,500 electric bulbs on the National Christmas Tree, a 60-foot tall fir from his native Vermont given by Middlebury College, on the Ellipse. More than 6,000 people then arrived on the White House grounds at the Coolidges’ invitation to sing Christmas carols with the choir of the First Congregational Church, and enjoy the music of the U.S. Marine Band. President Coolidge became the first chief executive to preside over a public celebration of the Christmas holidays. Since 1954, the Christmas Pageant of Peace has been held annually on the Ellipse and includes the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and respects the holiday worship of all faiths.
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The 2016 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Herbert Hoover, who served as the thirty-first president of the United States from 1929 to 1933.