Mencken on Coolidge, v2.0

H.L. Mencken made some typically caustic remarks about Calvin Coolidge (as he did about nearly every president during his lifetime), some of which have been widely quoted to support the overall negative image of the 30th president promulgated by liberal historians.

However, Mencken came to reconsider Coolidge, as witness this quote made after Coolidge died in 1933:

“Should the day ever dawn when Jefferson’s warnings are heeded at last, and we reduce government to its simplest terms, it may very well be that Cal’s bones, now resting inconspicuously in the Vermont granite will come to be revered as those of a man who really did the nation some service.”