President Coolidge with reporters, 1929

“Writing a month into the Coolidge presidency, a Boston Globe reporter concluded, ‘the veterans, and there are correspondents here who have seen Presidents come and go for a quarter of a century, declare that thus far President Coolidge is more communicative than any other man, with the possible exception of Theodore Roosevelt, who ever sat in the White House.’ Coolidge…gave more speeches than any of his 29 predecessors; he was bold and innovative in using the new medium of radio and became the first president whose voice was familiar to the American people” (Sheldon Stern, “The Struggle to Teach the Whole Story: Calvin Coolidge and American History Education,” The New England Journal of History 53 [Fall 1996]: 44, 38-52).

President Coolidge with reporters, 1929

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