Before he was President: Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 toymaker
During the Garfield-Hancock campaign of 1880, Calvin Coolidge asked his father for a penny to buy candy. John Coolidge refused, explaining that if the Democrats should be elected, hard times could be expected. After Garfield won, Calvin reminded his father that the Republicans had stayed in power. He got the penny. Source

Only once was Calvin ever in trouble in school. Perhaps out of sympathy for the other boys who were in trouble, Calvin cut the switch, used for whipping the bad boys, just enough so it would immediately break the next time it was used for punishment! When Calvin was 13 he passed a qualification test that would allow him to be a teacher, however, his father sent him to Black River Academy to continue his education.

The academy didn't charge local residents any tuition, however, since Calvin was from out of town he had to pay 50 cents per week to take all of the basic courses. One semester later when he signed up for more difficult courses he was required to pay 60 cents per week. Perhaps to defray the costs of his education, he took a part-time weekend job making doll carriages at the Ludlow Toy Manufacturing Company.

Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933 Geologist/engineer
Before the U.S. economy began to fail, Hoover succeeded in the business world. Herbert Hoover graduated in 1895 with a degree in geology. He served as a geologist and mining engineer while searching the Western Australian gold fields in 1897. After being appointed mine manager at 23, he mined the Sons of Gwalia gold mine, and also the Big Bell, Cue, Leonora, Menzies and Coolgardie mines. He continued his mining and engineering career until 1908, when he became an independent mining consultant. He was elected to office in 1928. (Gwalia Historic Site and "Hoover's Gold," from Australian Broadcasting Corp.)

He worked as an engineer and invented a new process to extract zinc that was lost to the mining process. He started the Zinc Corp. in the early part of the 20th century, and it later became part of a larger corporation. Source

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
Born into an extremely wealthy family, Franklin Roosevelt's childhood and early adult years were focused on higher education. His wife Eleanor is probably as much responsible for Franklin's professional success as he is. Neither were strangers to vast amounts of money, though. Both were distant family relatives of Theodore Roosevelt, who left a fortune to the members of his family.

Once, while Franklin and Eleanor were on a second honeymoon trip in Europe, a French fortune teller told them that Eleanor would inherit a fortune and that Franklin would become the President of the United States. As a side note, Franklin Roosevelt himself documented the incredible amount of money he and Eleanor spent on their European trip.

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