Grace Coolidge (1879-1957) was an American first lady (1923-29) and the wife of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States. A former teacher at a Massachusetts school for the deaf, she used her platform as first lady to champion education and child welfare issues. Although Coolidge rarely consulted his wife on political matters, the two shared a close relationship, and her outgoing nature helped soften her husband's stern, reserved image. The sudden death of the Coolidges' teenaged son during the Coolidge presidency devastated the family, but Grace quickly resumed her public role, earning the respect and admiration of the American people.
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Grace Coolidge was such an avid baseball fan that she was often referred to as the "First Lady of Baseball." She was a devoted follower of the Boston Red Sox, annually attended the World Series and once wrote to a friend that, "...not one of you cares a hoot about baseball but to me it is my very life."
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