Separation between politics and family dominated the relationship between Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace. She remained so far removed from his career that she had to learn from friends of his decision not to run in 1928. Her husband strictly controlled her tenure in the White House: when newspapers reported the First Lady had taken a horseback riding lesson, the president chastised her at breakfast, “I think you will find that you will get along at this job fully as well if you do not try anything new.” Despite Calvin’s controlling and taciturn nature, the First Lady charmed the capitol and the nation with her grace, charm, and good-humor. Following her husband’s death in 1933, Grace began a life of advocacy, championing early intervention in World War II as well as better education for the deaf.
Facts and quotations from First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama by Betty Boyd Caroli. C-SPAN is exploring the influence of First Ladies in its series.
Image: Grace Coolidge with two dogs, 26 September 1924 Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Separation between politics and family dominated the relationship between Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace. She remained so far removed from his career that she had to learn from friends of his decision not to run in 1928. Her husband strictly controlled her tenure in the White House: when newspapers reported the First Lady had taken a horseback riding lesson, the president chastised her at breakfast, “I think you will find that you will get along at this job fully as well if you do not try anything new.” Despite Calvin’s controlling and taciturn nature, the First Lady charmed the capitol and the nation with her grace, charm, and good-humor. Following her husband’s death in 1933, Grace began a life of advocacy, championing early intervention in World War II as well as better education for the deaf.

Facts and quotations from First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama by Betty Boyd Caroli. C-SPAN is exploring the influence of First Ladies in its series.

Image: Grace Coolidge with two dogs, 26 September 1924 Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.