The Twenties are officially here again. Happy New Year!
“We cannot for long reap what we have not sown. We cannot hold what we do not pay for. The law of service cannot be evaded or repealed. Nor is it yet in the power of man under any system of government he can adopt or any organization of society he can form to make this a perfect world.
“But the ability to make the best of things, to secure progress, to learn from adversity is not to be disparaged or ignored. The creative energy of nature is not diminished but increased by the fallow season. Mankind requires a time for taking stock, for recuperation, for gathering energy for the next advance.
“That is the significance of the new year. We take a new inventory to see what we have, we take new bearings to see where we are, we correct our conduct by new resolutions. After all due allowance for error and relapse, such a course guarantees improvement. Perhaps the best resolve is to live so that next year new resolutions will be unnecessary.”
— CALVIN COOLIDGE
“The whole country, from the national government down, had been living on borrowed money. Pay day had come, and it was found our capital had been much impaired. In an address at Philadelphia I contended that the only sure method of relieving this distress was for the country to follow the advice of Benjamin Franklin and begin to work and save. Our productive capacity is sufficient to maintain us all in a state of prosperity if we give sufficient attention to thrift and industry. Within a year the country had adopted that course, which has brought an era of great plenty…
“In these two years [1921-1923] I witnessed the gigantic task of demobilizing a war government and restoring it to a peace-time basis. I also came in contact with many of the important people of the United States and foreign countries. All talent eventually arrives at Washington…” — Calvin Coolidge, Autobiography
Colonel Edmund “Will” Starling, native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Photo credit: Hoptown Chronicle.
Jennifer P. Brown of the Hoptown Chronicle has written a great piece highlighting the largely forgotten life and legacy of Colonel Edmund William Starling, native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, who served in five administrations, protected six Presidents, and served faithfully in the White House Detail of the Secret Service from 1914 to 1943. TR was the first President he met and helped protect but he would go on to defend Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and FDR. It was with the Wilsons and Coolidges, though, that he retained particularly close friendships.
It is a timely reminder that without the letters he sent home and the diary entries he kept, his memoirs, Starling of the White House — one of the best life stories of one so connected from those years — brought together with the wonderful talents of Thomas Sugrue, would not have been possible. The Colonel’s remarkable life deserves renewed appreciation and we are happy to see the folks of Hopkinsville feature a distinguished fellow townsman. Stay tuned as more will be forthcoming in the Salient Cal Project to remember and honor the man on the Detail Chiefs Moran and Jervis once called “Starlight.”