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Calvin Coolidge

Political Offices

Whom did he defeat to become governor of Massachusetts?

Coolidge defeated Democrat Robert W. Long in 1919 and again in 1920 to win the governorship. During his time as governor, Coolidge earned national recognition for his handling of a police strike. Coolidge relied on the state militia and stood firm against the strike, stating: “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.”



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