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Coolidge Administration, Calvin

  • By: Gennifer Furst
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Calvin Coolidge was born in July 1872 and died in January 1933. Coolidge became president following the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in August 1923. Coolidge ran and was elected the 30th president of the United States in 1924. Regarded as a progressive Republican who voted in favor of giving women the right to vote, Coolidge's presidency took place during the failed experiment of Prohibition, which lasted from 1920 until 1933, shortly after Coolidge's presidency ended.

During Coolidge's administration it was illegal to manufacture, consume, or transport alcohol. At the federal level the Prohibition Unit was part of the fight against the epidemic of bootlegging and increase in organized crime that were the result of the 1919 Volstead Act. When it was first established in ...

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