chapter  26
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Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge

Grace Anna Goodhue was born in Burlington, Vermont, on J anuary 3, 1879, to Lemira Barrett Goodhue and Andrew Issachar Goodhue. Her father, known locally as "Captain" Goodhue, was a mechanical engineer appointed steamboat inspector for th e Champlain Transport Company by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. The Goodhues were an old New England family established eight generations earlier by William Goodhue, who had immigrated to the New World from England in 1635. One descendant was a member of the first U.S. Congress in 1797 . Another sailed with SirJohn Franklin in 1845 to explore the Arctic Ocean-an expedition on which all had perished. Grace wrote that whe n she went to live in the

teen. She loved to "face the music" at the back of the church in Hancock, New Hampshire, and sing enthusiastically. She also studied elocution and enjoyed performing in skits.