Former President Calvin Coolidge, or “Silent Cal” as he was jokingly nicknamed by the press, was known as much for his quiet demeanor as he was for his public speaking ability. President Coolidge’s words above were taken from a speech he gave in 1916; at that time he was Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, and vetoed a Massachusetts state legislature salary increase that he believed was unnecessary. In his eyes, the work of a state representative should not be motivated by salary, but instead should be a service to one’s country based on honor and integrity.
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