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The Weekly News-Magazine
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THE PRESIDENCY The President-Elect's Week C "We approach that season of the year when it has been the custom for the American people to give thanks for the good fortune which the bounty of Providence, through the generosity of nature, has visited upon them. altogether a good custom.
"Therefore, I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, hereby proclaim and fix Thursday, the 27th day of November, as a day for national thanksgiving . . . "-a proclamation made at the City of Washington "in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-four and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and forty-ninth."
A telegram was received at the White House from an Evangelist:
The President laughed out loud when he heard that the returns were: "Coolidge, 909; Davis, 630" in a certain ward in the city of Gulfport (Miss.) where resides the Hon. Pat. Harrison, arch-scoriator of the Senate and the Keynote of the Democratic Convention which "flayed the Republicans alive."
Unlike Presidents Washington, John Adams, Wilson, Harding and himself (in his first term), and like President Jefferson and all his successors through President Taft, President Coolidge (in his second term) will not appear before Congress to deliver in person his message on the State of the Union, but instead will send his words to be read by the clerks.
Of the election, Mr. Coolidge said: ..."The work of a Divine Providence, of which I am but one instrument."
The President announced the selection of eight agriculturists to form a committee for examining into the causes of the woes of agriculture and the means of preventing them-thereby fulfilling the campaign pledges of himself and Mr. Dawes.
Mr. Coolidge telegraphed his felicitations to Dr. Marion LeRoy Burton, President of the University of Michigan. Dr. Burton (who placed Mr. Coolidge in nomination before the Republican Convention at Cleveland last June) is recovering from a severe at
tack of bronchial pneumonia at Ann Arbor.
Callers at the White House included Senator Smoot (Chairman of the Finance Committee) to discuss proposals for tax reduction in the next session of Congress; Representative Madden (Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee) for the same purpose; Senator Watson and Senator Wadsworth to discuss Senate organization and the advisability of disciplining Senator LaFollette.
Said the President, addressing a letter to the people on behalf of the Red Cross: "The American Red Cross has been tested in war and the aftermath of war; in fire, flood and famine and in the emergencies of peace."
On a week-end cruise down the Potomac on the Mayflower, Mr. and Mrs. Coolidge gave a birthday party for
Frank W. Stearns, 68, Boston dry-goods merchant.
THE CAMPAIGN The Second Landslide
Two landslides for the same party two election years in succession are unusual. It implies that twice in succession the country has been thoroughly roused. In 1920, the country voted out war and the League of Nations-and voted in Harding and the Republicans. In 1924, the country voted out LaFollette and radicalism-and voted in Coolidge and the Republicans again.
There are two noteworthy facts about the results: 1) that although 1924 was a three-sided contest resembling in that respect 1912, it was decided, unlike 1912, not chiefly by pluralities, but mostly by absolute majorities, large majorities; 2) that although there was a Presidential landslide in 1924, it failed to sweep in the customary large party majorities in the Senate, in the House and in state governments. From the standpoint of the voter, it signifies that many "split-ticket" ballots were cast and that the split-ticket vote largely determined the election. From the standpoint of candidates it means Coolidge on the one hand and large numbers of Democratic candidates on the other hand; that the Democratic candidates individually had sufficiently strong holds on their constituents to split tickets in wholesale fashion. It proved an extraordinary number of popular, if local, heroes.
The popular vote* for President was:
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In short, Coolidge had a majority of about four million over all his opponents combined.
His majority was proportionally large in most of the individual states. Only Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada and New 30, 32 Mexico went for Coolidge by pluralities without absolute majorities. These states together have only 46 electoral votes and, if they were not counted for Coolidge, he would still have a hand
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* Preliminary reports. It is days after an election before final official counts are completed and totals tabulated. These figures are extremely conservative.