John Nance Garner

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John Nance Garner
32nd Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 20, 1941
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Charles Curtis
Succeeded by Henry A. Wallace
44th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
December 7, 1931 – March 4, 1933
President Herbert Hoover
Preceded by Nicholas Longworth
Succeeded by Henry T. Rainey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's Texas' 15th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1933
Personal details
Born November 22, 1868(1868-11-22)
Red River County, Texas
Died November 7, 1967(1967-11-07) (aged 98)
Uvalde, Texas
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mariette Rheiner Garner
Alma mater Vanderbilt University - dropped out

John Nance Garner IV nicknamed "Cactus Jack" (November 22, 1868 – November 7, 1967) was the forty-fourth Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1931-33) and the thirty-second Vice President of the United States (1933-41). Garner once described the Vice-Presidency as being "not worth a bucket of warm spit."[1] Garner was from Texas. He lived to be 98 years old making him the oldest former Vice President of the United States.

Garner was born near the village of Detroit in Red River County in eastern Texas. His parents were John Nance Garner III and his wife, the former Sarah Jane Guest. Garner studied at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for one semester before dropping out and returning home. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He eventually studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1890, and began practice in Uvalde, Uvalde County, Texas.

On the morning of Garner's 95th birthday on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy called to wish the former Vice President a happy birthday, just hours before his assassination in Dallas.

Garner died on November 7, 1967, at the age of 98 years and 350 days, 15 days before his 99th birthday, making him the longest-living Vice President in United States history, a record which was previously held by Benjamin Harrison's Vice President, Levi P. Morton (who died in 1920, on his 96th birthday). He is interred in Uvalde Cemetery.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Blumenthal, Sidney (June 28, 2007). "The imperial vice presidency". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2007/06/28/cheney/. Retrieved September 22, 2007.