Coolidge quote on preacher & sin:"He was against it" (1925)

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Fri Jul 16 11:30:11 UTC 2004

The version I always knew had Coolidge saying he was "agin it." A
search for that phrase and "Coolidge" does not turn up an antedating,
but it does turn up a lot of cites.


> "He spoke about sin," the president replied.
> :What did he say," Mrs. Coolidge inquired.
> "He was against it."

Grant Barrett

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