Frederick S. Coolidge

Frederick Spaulding Coolidge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1891  March 3, 1893
Preceded by Rodney Wallace
Succeeded by William F. Draper
Member of the
Board of Selectmen
Westminster, Massachusetts[1]
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born December 7, 1841
Westminster, Massachusetts
Died June 8, 1906 (aged 64)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Resting place Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Westminster, Massachusetts
Political party Democrat[2]
Spouse(s) Ellen Drusilla Allen[1]
Children Marcus Aurelius Coolidge, Cora Helen Coolidge, Jerome Frederick Coolidge.[2]
Profession Businessman, Chair Manufacturer

Frederick Spaulding Coolidge (December 7, 1841 – June 8, 1906) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and the father of United States Senator Marcus Aurelius Coolidge.


Born to Charles and Nancy (Spaulding) Coolidge in Westminster, Massachusetts, he was a descendant on his father's side of Thomas Hastings (colonist) who came from the East Anglia region of England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. Coolidge attended the common schools. He began his career working at his father's chair factory, however in 1876 his father's factory burned down.[3] After the destruction of his father's factory Coolidge became manager of the Boston Chair Manufacturing Co. in Ashburnham, Massachusetts[2] and later of the Leominster Rattan Works.[2] Coolidge was a member of the Board of Selectmen of his native town for three years. He served as member of the Democratic State Central Committee.

Coolidge served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1875.

Coolidge was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893).

While in Congress Coolidge served on the Committee on Pacific Railroads and on the Select Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands in the United States.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress. He retired from active business pursuits.

His daughter, Cora Helen Coolidge, went on to be president of Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University).[4][5]

Death and burial

Coolidge died in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on June 8, 1906. He was interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Westminster, Massachusetts.


  1. 1 2 Toomey, Daniel P. (1892), Massachusetts of Today: a Memorial of the State, Historical and Biographical, Boston, MA: Columbia Publishing Company, p. 56.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Fulham, Volney Sewall (1909), The Fulham Genealogy: With Index of Names and Blanks for Records, Burlington, VT: Free Press Printing Co., p. 133
  3. Fulham, Volney Sewall (1909), The Fulham Genealogy: With Index of Names and Blanks for Records, Burlington, VT: Free Press Printing Co., pp. 132–133
  4. Lear, Linda (1997). Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-547-238234. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  5. "Pennsylvania College for Women". The Independent. Jul 13, 1914. Retrieved August 21, 2012.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rodney Wallace
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
William F. Draper

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