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Favorable or Unfavorable #329: Frederick H Gillett


Favorable or Unfavorable #329: Frederick H Gillett  

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Frederick H Gillett (MA-R) was of the Coolidge-conservative wing. Gillett, like Coolidge, was known for being an extremely low energy politician, although I don't know if he required the 10-12 hours of sleep that Coolidge did. Gillett was picked as Speaker in 1919 partially because they knew he wouldn't put forth the energy to be the type of control-freak Speaker that had been dominating the US House for about 30 years or more.

His 1930 action probably stems from him representing his entire state, which is evenly split between WASPs (for Prohibition) and Irish-Catholics (against Prohibition). 

His actions:

Gillett, Frederick H 1914 Introduces anti-polygamy amendment for the US Const.
Gillett, Frederick H 1919 Elected Speaker of the US House
Gillett, Frederick H 1921 Re-elected Speaker
Gillett, Frederick H 1923 Re-elected Speaker, but only after 9 ballots as Progressives protest him until he makes some compromises
Gillett, Frederick H 1924 Elected to the US Sen at age 73, then a record for a 1st-time senator
Gillett, Frederick H 1930 Refuses to take a stance before or against Prohibition when pressed
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