Summary: Calvin Coolidge was a fine man and a good president. He was smart and learned and deeply thoughtful, with a great sense of humor. A refined student of the Constitution, he had a deep appreciation for the American way of life. He always held close to his small town roots and his concern for the common man. He was very popular, and by
all accounts would have been re-elected president in 1928, but chose not to run. A true public servant, Coolidge held more public offices than any other president and was a driver of many reforms, including women’s suffrage and tax cuts. He was a fine
writer who not only wrote his own speeches, but also an autobiography. Why Coolidge Matters is a collection of essays asserting
Coolidge’s lasting value for American life and politics. In addition to our own Peter Schramm and John Moser, the 21 unique contributors to
this book include: Ward Connerly, Governor Michael Dukakis, Robert Ferrell, Senator John F. Kerry, Amity Shlaes and others.
Peter W. Schramm is the Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center and a Professor of Political Science at Ashland University. John Moser is an Associate Professor of
History at Ashland University.