Today in Supreme Court History

Today in Supreme Court History: August 2, 1923


8/2/1923: President Calvin Coolidge's Inauguration. He would appoint Justice Harlan Fiske Stone to the Supreme Court.

President Calvin Coolidge


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  1. Sloppy terminology. “Inauguration” denotes the big ceremony in front of the Capitol. Coolidge’s was anything but that. It’s better to say “sworn in”. In his case, he was sworn in by his father, a local justice of the peace, in his home town in New Hampshire.

    1. Further confirmation that he is America’s greatest ever President.

      1. Maybe not, but certainly the most modest. And laconic.

    2. He was sworn-in in Plymouth Notch, Vermont at about 3 am. Then he went back to bed. Plymouth is only a few hundred people even today. The family store is still there; currently a museum and cheese factory. Coolidge is buried in the local cemetery, with a very modest headstone. If you are into skiing, Plymouth is about halfway between Killington Mountain and Okemo ski resort in Vermont, on a two lane road. Otherwise, you would never happen upon it. It is not close to any interstate or major city.

    3. “Inauguration” denotes the big ceremony”

      You made the same wrong comment last year

      the formal admission of someone to office:
      “Truman’s second presidential inauguration” [Bing word search]

      Note the example given. Truman was “sworn in” only two times so to have a “second presidential inauguration” means the one in 1945 was one as well.

      1. I should have said “connotes” instead of “denotes”.

        1. Still wrong.

          His usage here is technically correct, the best kind of correct.

    4. It was a defensive inauguration. Purely defensive. How could you, who says Nazi Germany’s U-boat warfare was defensive, find anything offensive about Calvin Coolidge’s cheap-ass inauguration?

  2. Last best to hold the office. He was the calm before the storm.

  3. Are we just going to ignore the fact that the connection with the Supreme Court is extremely tenuous? And Prof. Blackman has a history of using this filler for August 2 on a recurring basis?

    This Day in Supreme Court History entries for January 20 and March 4 would consist of nothing but “X inaugurated; will nominate J” comments.

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