President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge was a champion for restrained government and foreign policy, stable money, and a balanced federal budget. He believed in keeping all Americans free, independent, and self-reliant; but most of all he wanted them to be able to rise as their abilities permitted.
In the example of President Coolidge, his accomplishments in restoring confidence in government, lowering taxes, and reducing federal expenditures and debt, we can find powerful lessons about the proper role of government in a free society.
On October 2nd, NY Times Best Selling author of The Forgotten Man and Calvin Coolidge expert, Amity Shlaes, will sit down with North Carolina businessman and author of The High Tide of American Conservatism, Garland Tucker, to discuss Coolidge’s message of restraint, thrift, and decisiveness and how we can apply those principles today.
Civitas Institute Chairman, Bob Luddy, one of North Carolina’s most effective advocates for educational freedom-a principle of great importance to President Coolidge, will give opening remarks about why Coolidge’s 1923 message is so important today, and the concrete steps that need to be taken to follow his example.
150 Fayetteville St Suite 2800
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Schedule of events*
5:15- Doors Open
6:15-7:00-Program with Amity and Garland
*subject to change
Additional Speaker information:
Amity Shlaes: Amity Shlaes is the author of four New York Times bestsellers including The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, Coolidge, and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americas Crazy. National Review called The Forgotten Man ”the finest history of the Great Depression ever written.” The Economist wrote of Coolidge that the book “deserves to be widely read” and made it an editor’s choice for 2013. Ms. Shlaes is under contract to write The Silent Majority, a third volume on the twentieth century. Ms. Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, a national foundation based at the birthplace of President Coolidge. Many readers know Ms. Shlaes from the Wall Street Journal, where she served on the editorial board, writing on foreign policy, taxation and other topics. Her syndicated column has also appeared in the Financial Times and Bloomberg over the years. Currently Ms. Shlaes appears in print Forbes and in National Review.
Garland Tucker: Garland S. Tucker, III co-founded Triangle Capital Corporation’s predecessor companies, Triangle Capital Partners, LLC and Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Prior to co-founding Triangle, Mr. Tucker and an outside investor group sold First Travelcorp, a corporate travel services company that he and the investors founded in 1991. For the two years preceding the founding of First Travelcorp, Mr. Tucker served as Group Vice President, Chemical Bank, New York, with responsibility for southeastern corporate finance. Prior to Chemical Bank, Mr. Tucker spent a decade with Carolina Securities Corporation, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer until 1988. During his tenure, Carolina Securities Corporation was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, and Mr. Tucker served a term as President of the Mid-Atlantic Securities Industry Association. He entered the securities business in 1975 with Investment Corporation of Virginia. The author of the 2010 book The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election, Mr. Tucker is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bob Luddy: Robert Luddy is a lifelong entrepreneur. At the age of 20, he opened a fiberglass manufacturing business and worked at night. In 1976, Bob settled in Raleigh, and with $1,300 capital, he opened Atlantic Fire Systems in a one-room facility. Recognizing the demand for high-quality kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed it into CaptiveAire Systems, Inc. CaptiveAire is now the nation’s largest and most well-respected manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems. CaptiveAire employs over 800 people at 60 offices in the U.S. and Canada. A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob founds schools which help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established the Franklin Academy, an award-winning public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,200 K-12
students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, a classical, college preparatory high school. The academy is one of the 50 best Catholic high schools in the country. In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy in Raleigh, the first in a network of private community schools offering a high-quality K-8 education at low-cost tuition.