President Calvin Coolidge on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1926

President Calvin Coolidge commemorated July 4, 1926 — the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by noting it “was profoundly American”:

“Placing every man on a plane where he acknowledged no superiors, where no one possessed any right to rule over him, he must inevitably choose his own rulers through a system of self-government. This was their theory of democracy. In those days such doctrines would scarcely have been permitted to flourish and spread in any other country. This was the purpose which the fathers cherished. In order that they might have freedom to express these thoughts and opportunity to put them into action, whole congregations with their pastors had migrated to the Colonies. These great truths were in the air that our people breathed. Whatever else we may say of it, the Declaration of Independence was profoundly American.”

Excerpt from the American Presidency Project: Calvin Coolidge: Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, Pa. at

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