Recently i have been browsing through a book called What About Darwin?, which is a collection of quotations from various worthies regarding — surprise! — Charles Darwin. One that jumped out at me was a statement from Calvin Coolidge. This is from a letter he wrote to his father:
I see [Oliver Wendell] Holmes [Sr] is dead, the Autocrat of the Breakfast table on whom the years sat so lightly and who had only just declared that he was 85 years young. No one but [William] Gladstone is left of those great men that were born in 1809. Darwin is gone, the great expounder of evolution, a scientist equal to Newton. Our own [Abraham] Lincoln finished he life’s work when he struck the shackles from four millions of slaves and saw the surrender of General Lee.
Incredible that this did not become an issue in the 1924 Presidential election! It seems Republicans didn’t used to be crazy.