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Why was Calvin Coolidge called "Silent Cal"?

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Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, was known as "Silent Cal" because he rarely said more on any occasion than was absolutely necessary. Despite being a man of few words, he was known for his dry wit.

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Why was Calvin Coolidge called "Silent Cal"?
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Coolidge was elected as vice president in 1920 and ascended to the Oval Office when President Warren G. Harding died unexpectedly in 1923. He was elected to serve a full term in 1924. Although Coolidge was eligible to run for re-election in 1928, he chose to retire instead. In addition to speaking only when he had something to say, Coolidge was known as honest and hardworking.

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