Kurt's Historic Sites

Grace and Calvin Coolidge

Grace Coolidge

Interment LocationVisited 
Plymouth Notch, VTAugust 9, 2007 

Photographed August 9, 2007.

Like her spouse, the 30th U.S. president, Grace Coolidge was not a person who spoke more than she felt was necessary. Yet she was popular and could be be outgoing — especially in comparison to her husband. The president and first lady’s similarities and differences were such that they made a perfect pair. Then, their union of 27 years was discontinued by Calvin Coolidge’s fatal heart attack in 1933, when he was 60 years old. Grace Coolidge survived him until 1957, at which time she was laid to rest at his side in the hills of Vermont.

Grace Coolidge’s tombstone matches her partner’s in size and shape. Apart from its inscription, of course, the only differences are the absence of the four stars that dot the corners of Calvin’s stone and the inclusion of a wreath instead of the presidential seal.

Photographed August 9, 2007.
Photographed August 9, 2007.

My mother did not accompany me to as many presidential and first lady gravesites as my father did. Also, I believe the Coolidges are the only first couple who my mother and I have a picture with together. Thus it is important that I include this unique and special image here.

Fast Facts

Born: January 3, 1879 in Burlington, Vermont

Spouse: Calvin Coolidge (m. 1905-1933)

Second Lady Tenure: 1921-1923

First Lady Tenure: 1923-1929

Died: July 8, 1957 in Northampton, Massachusetts

Cause of Death: Kyphoscoliotic Heart Disease

Age: 78

Interment: Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth Notch, Vermont

"It has been my policy not to see newspaper writers or give interviews to anyone. At the word interview spoken or written, my ears go up and my chin out."
- Grace Coolidge

to a friend

Sources Consulted and Further Reading

Boller, Paul F., Jr. Presidential Wives: An Anecdotal History. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. “Grace Coolidge Overview.” Accessed April 23, 2022. https://coolidgefoundation.org/presidency/grace-coolidge-overview/.

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