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John Calvin Coolidge 1872 – 1933

October 05, 2007

Calvin CoolidgeJohn Calvin Coolidge{::}, Jr. 1872 – 1933 was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929).

Calvin Coolidge had two personal homeopaths Charles Elmer Sawyer and Joel Thompson Boone and he campaigned for homeopathic supporter William McKinley.

Coolidge voted in favour of Womens’ Suffrage, a movement pioneered by homeopaths in America. Coolidge ran as vice presidential nominee to homeopathic supporter Warren G. Harding in a victorious campaign in 1920.

Coolidge said

The question of human welfare is not an economic question. It is a moral question… Men are not doing as well as they can with what they have.”


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful [wo]men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Coolidge was interested in mysticism and in 1927, Paramhansa Yogananda was officially received at the White House by President Calvin Coolidge, who had become interested in the newspaper reports of his activities.

Coolidge was befriended by homeopath Royal Samuel Copeland:

the now-forgotten maverick senator from New York who served from 1923 to 1938. Royal Samuel Copeland was a student of both conventional and homeopathic medicine, an eye surgeon who became President of the American Institute of Homeopathy, dean of the New York Homeopathic Medical College, and health commissioner of New York City from 1918 to 1923 (he instituted unique approaches to the deadly flu pandemic).

We see how Royal Samuel Copeland straddled the worlds of politics (he befriended Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others) and medicine (as senator, he helped get rid of medical “diploma mills”).

His crowning achievement was to give homeopathy lasting legitimacy by including all its remedies in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938.

Homeopathic Colleges in America were the first places in the Western World to train women as doctors, and as a result the next profession to admit women was the Ministry. Coolidge’s cousin Olympia Brown is said to be the first Universalist minister ordained in America, but in fact it was probably homeopath Lydia Ann Jenkins.


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