Two presidents were born in Vermont. Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth, Vt., on July 4, 1872. He became the 30th president of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding. Coolidge was visiting Vermont in the summer of 1923 when he received the news that Harding had died. By the light of a kerosene lamp, his father, a notary public, administered the oath of office. Chester A. Arthur was born October 5, 1829, in North Fairfield, Vt. Elected vice president on the Republican ticket of 1880, the son of a Baptist preacher became the 21st president upon the assassination of President James A. Garfield.