July 4 Birthday: Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster, musician
July 4, 1826-January 13, 1864


Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1993)

Foster, the writer of My Old Kentucky Home, Oh, Susanna and Beautiful Dreamer is remembered in this collective biography.

Listen to samples of Foster’s talent, download pages of sheet music and cast your vote for your favorite Foster song at the PBS American Experience site about him.

July 4 Birthday: Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President

July 4, 1872-January 5, 1933


Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

President # 30 served two terms. In a brief paragraph, Krull highlights Coolidge’s eccentricities.

To view a portrait of Coolidge and facts about his life, visit The Internet Public Library POTUS site.