THE PRESIDENCY: The White House Week: Jul. 5, 1926

¶ Lieutenant Commander Byrd, looking weather-beaten, stood before a cheering assemblage of ambassadors and ministers of many nations, Supreme Court justices, cabinet members, congressmen, scientists and high officers of the Army and Navy. He received the welcome and congratulations of President Coolidge, who also presented him with a gold medal from the National Geographic Society.

¶ Virginians in the audience shuddered when the President mispronounced Commander Byrd's middle name "Evelyn," as "Evalyn" instead of the traditional "Evelyn" demanded in the recipient's home state.

¶The President awaited serenely the adjournment of Congress, smug and...

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