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The Presidency: Death in the White House

Calvin Coolidge and his family

Calvin Coolidge and his family

Washington, DC
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Four chief executives lost sons during their terms in the White House – Franklin Pierce, Calvin Coolidge, Abraham Lincoln, and John Kennedy. A panel of historians considers the national impact of deaths or chronic illnesses within a presidential family. This discussion was part of a symposium titled “Presidents and Their Crises: When Life Strikes the White House.” It was hosted by Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10am (ET)

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