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This Day in Boston History

August 3rd, 1923

Coolidge Becomes President

On this day former Massachusetts Governor and Senate President, Calvin Coolidge, became the 30th President of the United States.

Coolidge had served as Vice President to Warren G. Harding, a position so unchallenging that he studied law part-time with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Coolidge was visiting his parents in Vermont when the news reached him of Harding's death at 7:30pm the evening before.

Wasting no time Coolidge was sworn in as President by his father, a notary public,at 2:47 a.m August 3rd. He would be reelected in his own right in 1924.

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England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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