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I Love Lucey

November 12, 2013

Jim Lucey was a Republican and a member of a temperance society, but that did not stop this Irish immigrant from attracting Democratic patrons to his shoemaker’s shop.  He also got them to vote for his Republican friend Calvin Coolidge for a succession of local and state offices.

On August 2, 1923 Calvin Coolidge was Vice President of the United States when President Harding died suddenly.  The news reached Coolidge in rural Vermont after many hours, and by the time Coolidge could return to Washington and sit at his White House desk it was August 6.

Coolidge, writing in longhand on black-bordered mourning stationery, addressed Jim Lucey as follows:

“Not often do I see you or write you but I want you to know that, if it were not for you, I should not be here, and I want to tell you how much I love you.  Do not work too much now and try to enjoy yourself in your well-earned leisure of age.”

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