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Coolidge and the election of 1924

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Coolidge and the election of 1924. Harding's vice president, Calvin Coolidge, came to national attention in 1919 when, as  governor of Massachusetts, he ended the Boston police strike. Coolidge did not believe  the president should take an activist role in government, and he was as opposed to the  regulation of business as Harding had been. His famous quip “The business of America  is business” summed up the Republican creed of the 1920s. An honest if taciturn man  who had no connection with the scandals of his predecessor's cronies, Coolidge was  the Republican choice for president in 1924. The Democrats found it harder to choose a  candidate.  The two main Democratic contenders mirrored the split in American society that existed  during the '20s. William Gibbs McAdoo represented the rural, Protestant, and “dry” (pro-
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Unformatted text preview: Prohibition) parts of the country, while the urban, immigrant, and “wet” (anti-Prohibition) population supported Alfred E. Smith, the Irish-American, Roman Catholic governor of New York. With neither candidate able to sway enough votes, the Democratic convention compromised on the conservative Wall Street lawyer, John W. Davis on the 103rd ballot. The election picture was complicated somewhat by Robert LaFollette's revival of the Progressive party, which organized a coalition of farm groups and unions, such as the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Davis was strong only in the South and LaFollette took his own state of Wisconsin; Coolidge won decisively in both the popular and electoral vote....
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