Baby Named for Grace Coolidge

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Grace Coolidge

Yesterday we talked about Calvin Coolidge, so today here’s a quick story involving his wife, Grace:

In October of 1926, several earthquakes struck Turkey and Armenia. (They were centered near the city of Kars.)

American medical personnel set up in Leninakan (now Gyumri) to help the survivors. In the week following the first quake, dozens of babies were born in the American tent hospital. The first of these babies was a girl that the American nurses “named Grace Coolidge Dubenikan, in honor of the first lady of the United States.”

Source: “Triplets Among Seven Babies Born in Armenian Quake Area.” Reading Eagle 1 Nov. 1926: 14.

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