1924: Calvin Coolidge
President Coolidge, Taken on the White House Grounds
Director/Producer: Lee de Forest
Known as “Silent Cal” when he was Vice President, Calvin Coolidge holds the distinction of being part of the first presidential campaign film that featured sound. This also meant it was the first time Americans had heard the voice of any American president in this format. (He succeeded to the Presidency after Warren G. Harding died in office in 1923.)
The film shows Coolidge delivering his position on business and the American workings classes. His 1924 campaign also holds another distinction: It was the first to produce a campaign film that was longer than a minute. Coolidge would go on to win his first full term in office.