Which President delivered the first presidential address on radio 94 years ago today?
– Calvin Coolidge
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
– Harry S. Truman
– Woodrow Wilson
Answer: On Dec. 6, 1923, the first presidential address was broadcast on the radio. President Calvin Coolidge delivered what is now known as the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. It was the first time a presidential address had ever been heard by the American people.
The New York Times noted “the voice of President Coolidge will be carried over a greater portion of the United States and will be heard by more people than the voice of any man in history.” President Coolidge’s inaugural radio address reached 23 million via the radio.
John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state.
Born: 4 July 1872, Plymouth Notch, Vermont, United States
Died: 5 January 1933, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Vice president: Charles G. Dawes (1925–1929)
Spouse: Grace Coolidge (m. 1905–1933)
Presidential term: 2 August 1923 – 4 March 1929