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Statement Following Victory in the Presidential Election

November 05, 1924

It does not seem possible to me to make an adequate expression concerning the Presidency of the United States. No other honor equals it; no other responsibility approaches it. When it is conferred by an overwhelming choice of the American people and vote of the Electoral College, these are made all the greater.

I can only express my simple thanks to all those who have contributed to this result and plainly acknowledge that it has been brought to pass through the work of a Divine Providence, of which I am but one instrument. Such powers as I have I dedicate to the service of all my country and of all my countrymen.

In the performance of the duties of my office I cannot ask for anything more than the sympathetic consideration which my fellow-Americans have always bestowed upon me. I have no appeal, except to the common sense of all the people. I have no pledge except to serve them. I have no object except to promote their welfare.

Source: "Coolidge's Message of Gratitude to the Nation: Dedicates Himself to Promote Its Welfare," New York Times, November 6, 1924, p. 1.

Calvin Coolidge, Statement Following Victory in the Presidential Election Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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