JULY 4, 1872
JANUARY 5, 1933
GRACE A. GOODHUE
JANUARY 3, 1879
JULY 8, 1957
The plain upright tablet displaying the Presidential Seal in the top in the Plymouth Cemetery at Plymouth, Vermont, marking Calvin Coolidge’s grave may be one of the simplest presidential gravestones.
As the President Calvin Coolidge State Historical Site brochure explains, “The serenity of the village and surrounding mountains is appropriately reflected in the simple granite headstone that marks the President’s grave. Visitors are sometimes surprised that a president should be buried in such plain surroundings but when Coolidge left the White House he said, “We draw our Presidents from the people…I came from them. I wish to be one of them again.” The gravestone is indicative of the simple and frugal New England values that President Coolidge not only held dear but for which he was loved and admired.
His gravestone is also a testament to his reputation as laconic which won him the appellation, “Silent Cal.” Like the gravestone itself, Coolidge was a man of few words. The story that is often told of him was that a woman at a White House Party approached him and said that she had a bet with a friend that she could get him to say more than three words. Coolidge, who also had a sardonic wit, turned to her and wryly said, “You lose.”
The cemetery at Plymouth Notch, Vermont, contains seven generations of the Coolidge family.