John Nance Garner
|32nd Vice President of the United States|
March 4, 1933 – January 20, 1941
|President||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Charles Curtis|
|Succeeded by||Henry A. Wallace|
|39th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives|
December 7, 1931 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Nicholas Longworth|
|Succeeded by||Henry Rainey|
|House Minority Leader|
March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1931
|Preceded by||Finis Garrett|
|Succeeded by||Bertrand Snell|
|Leader of the House Democratic Caucus|
March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Finis J. Garrett|
|Succeeded by||Henry Thomas Rainey|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 15th district
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Milton H. West|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives|
from the 91st district
January 10, 1899 – January 13, 1903
|Preceded by||Sam Jones|
|Succeeded by||Ferdinand C. Weinert|
|County Judge of Uvalde County|
|Preceded by||A. V. D. Old|
|Succeeded by||J. E. Cummings|
John Nance Garner III
November 22, 1868
Red River County, Fifth Military District, U.S.
|Died||November 7, 1967 (aged 98)|
Uvalde, Texas, U.S.
|Resting place||Uvalde Cemetery|
Uvalde, Texas, U.S.
(m. 1895; died 1948)
John Nance Garner IV nicknamed "Cactus Jack" (November 22, 1868 – November 7, 1967) was the 44th speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1931-1933) and the 32nd Vice President of the United States (1933-1941). Garner once described the Vice-Presidency as being "not worth a bucket of warm spit." Also, he lived to be 98 years and 350 days old. That made him the longest-lived former vice president of the United States.
Garner was born near the village of Detroit in Red River County in eastern Texas on November 22, 1868. 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.
Death[change | change source]
Garner died on November 7, 1967, at the age of 98 years and 350 days, just 15 days before what would have been his 99th birthday. Since 1964, John Garner is the longest-lived vice president of the United States in the 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's interred in Uvalde Cemetery.
References[change | change source]
- Biennial report of the Secretary of State of Texas, December 1892
- Biennial report of the Secretary of State of Texas (1897)
- Blumenthal, Sidney (June 28, 2007). "The imperial vice presidency". Salon.com. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2007.