Wednesday, September 21, 2011

THE VERMONT WAY: White House Dreams

So far, two people born in Vermont have become president of the United States. But others have made the attempt. The earliest was Mormon leader Joseph Smith, one of those restless Vermonters who struck out for the west in revival days. The next was Stephen Douglas, known as the “Little Giant,” who faced off against Abraham Lincoln. Then came Chester Arthur, who finally made it -- without actually running himself. And the second Vermonter to reach the White House - "Silent Cal" Coolidge, who also got the job when his predecessor died.

Silent Cal and Mother Jones talked politics in 1924.
Here's the latest excerpt from The Vermont Way, my upcoming book on Green Mountain values and history.

Previous excerpts

The Path to Marriage Equality

Voting Equality and the Hoff Effect

Mormons and the Presidency

How Vermont Went Republican

A Progressive Censors Red Emma