1920 July 27

Vice Presidential Nominee Calvin Coolidge: Sedition Must Be Repressed


In his acceptance speech as the Vice Presidential nominee of the Republican Party on this day, Calvin Coolidge declared that sedition must be repressed. His remarks reflected the continuing anti-radical hysteria that had marked the World War I years and the post-war Red Scare (see the notorious Palmer Raids, on November 7, 1919, and January 2, 1920). As Governor of Massachusetts in 1919, Coolidge became famous for suppressing a strike by Boston police officers. Coolidge became President in 1923 upon the death of President Warren G. Harding, serving until 1929.

Read: David Greenberg, Calvin Coolidge (2007)

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