Vice President Calvin Coolidge became president in nineteen twenty-three following the death of President Warren Harding.Coolidge quickly gained the trust of most Americans by investigating the crimes of Harding's top officials.The conservative economic policies of the new president also won wide support.Coolidge had one year to prove his abilities to the American people before the election of nineteen twenty-four.This week in our series, Kay Gallant and Harry Monroe tell us about that election.Coolidge was a quiet man who believed in limited government policies. But his silence hid a fighting political spirit.Coolidge had worked for many years to gain the White House. He would not give it up without a struggle.Coolidge moved quickly after becoming president to gain control of the Republican Party.He named his own advisers to important jobs. And he replaced a number of officials with people whose loyalty he could trust.Most Republicans liked Coolidge. They felt his popular policies would make him a strong candidate in the presidential election.