Sworn In By the Light of Kerosene

On this day, August 2, 1923, the first President elected by women dies while the Vice President’s father swears him in as the new President by the light of kerosene.

Upon hearing the news, Silent Cal first prayed, then offered condolences to the Harding’s Widow, and then he issued a written statement to encourage the American people. He then consulted the Constitution on what to do next. Then, with a hand over the Bible, he took the oath of office and then went back to bed.

“I knelt down and asked God to bless the American people and give me the power to serve them…I had been examining the Constitution…”