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Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge (1879-1957) married Calvin Coolidge in 1905. She served as First Lady from August 2, 1923 through March 4, 1929.

She was born in Burlington, VT and graduated from UVM. She taught at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northhampton, MA.

When watering flowers outside the school one day- she burst out laughing when she happened to see Calvin shaving in front of a mirror in nothing but his long underwear and a hat. They officially met shortly after and quickly fell in love.

She is described as being an outgoing, vivacious woman who shined as White House hostess. Grace was extremely popular, fashionable and generous with her time. In 1931 she was voted one of America’s twelve greatest living women by the National Institute of Social Sciences. She continued to work with the deaf throughout her life and was active with the Red Cross.

She is buried next to President Coolidge in Plymouth, Vermont.

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