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Calvin Coolidge

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Calvin Coolidge was the thirtieth president of the Unites States, serving from 1923 to 1929. During his presidency, he took a more laissez-faire approach to government than the presidents who directly preceded him. In particular, he reduced the size of the government at a time when most voices called for increased involvement by the state in the economy. President Coolidge was a Congregationalist and strongly believed in protecting the freedom of religion, especially for minority religions. Moreover, he was an advocate for religious tolerance in the United States. Early in his political career, he built close relationships with Irish-Catholic leaders in his city council district and would later have a warm relationship with governor Al Smith, the unsuccessful Catholic candidate for the presidency in 1928.
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