This week in our series, Steve Ember and Shirley Griffith talk about Calvin Coolidge and how he became president of the United States.The early nineteen twenties were a troubled time for the United States. Congress and the public began to discover crimes by several officials in the administration of President Warren Harding.Harding himself became seriously sick during a trip to Alaska and western states. He died in a hotel room in California in August, nineteen twenty-three.Harding's vice president, Calvin Coolidge, became the new president. Both men were Republicans. Their policies on issues were much the same.Coolidge, however, was a very different man. He was completely honest. He was the kind of president the country needed to rebuild public trust in the government.Calvin Coolidge was quiet and plain-looking. He was the son of a farmer and political leader from the small northeastern state of Vermont.