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Arthur William Coolidge (October 13, 1881 – January 23, 1952) was a Massachusetts politician who served multiple positions within the state government.[1]

Early life

Coolidge was born in Cumberland County, Maine.


Coolidge worked as a lawyer before becoming a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1937–1940) and of the Massachusetts State Senate (1941–1946). From 1947 to 1949 he was the 56th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 1950.

A Unitarian and Freemason, Coolidge served as Grand Master of Masons (1943–1944) and a member of the American Bar Association and Theta Delta Chi. In 1951, he was elected as a member of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Personal life

A fourth cousin to President Calvin Coolidge, he had one daughter, Dorothy Coolidge Cox and two sons: Robert Tilton Coolidge (1915–1955) and Arthur William Coolidge II.[2] One of his grandchildren is film director Martha Coolidge.[3]

He was brother of Massachusetts politician Richard B. Coolidge.


Coolidge died at his home in Boston and is buried in Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading, Massachusetts. The Arthur W. Coolidge Middle School, formerly Junior High School, was named in his honor.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert F. Bradford
Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Christian Herter
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert F. Bradford
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Charles F. Sullivan