31st Vice President
|John N. Garner III
32nd Vice President of the United States
33rd Vice President
Henry A. Wallace
“Worst damn-fool mistake I ever made was letting myself be elected vice president of the United States.” - John Nance Garner
John Nance Garner, III was born Nov. 22, 1868 to John Nance Garner, II and Sarah Jane Guest near Detroit, Red River County, Texas.
He was admitted to the bar in 1890 and began his practice in Uvalde, Texas.
John began his political career in 1893 when he ran for county judge of Uvalde County on the Democratic ticket. His challenger was a rancher's daughter, Mariette Rheiner, who would become his wife two years later on Nov. 25, 1895. They had one child, Josiah Charles Nance Garner.
John Garner was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1898. It was at this time that he earned the nickname "Cactus Jack" by supporting the prickly pear cactus for the state flower which thankfully lost out to the bluebonnet.
In 1902, John was elected to the United States House of Representative by the 15h congressional district of Texas. They would go on to reelect john 14 more times, a period of time that would last until 1933.
John Garner became the minority leader in 1929 and subsequently became Speaker of the House in 1931 when the Democrats gained the majority.
Popular with his fellow House members, Garner would hold drinking parties he called "board of education" meetings during the Prohibition era. He liked to say they were "striking a blow for liberty."
In 1932, John Garner ran for the presidential nomination at the convention, but lacked the votes he needed. Striking a deal with Franklin Roosevelt, he became his candidate for Vice-President. He would serve in that office from 1933 to 1941.
“I don’t intend to spend the next four years counting the buttons on another man’s coat tails.” - John Nance Garner
In 1937, FDR relied on Garner to get his "court packing" bill through Congress, but Garner actually organized opposition to the bill. So we have Garner to thank for the U.S.'s independent judiciary, which has given us everything from racial integration to gay marriage.
Disagreeing with Roosevelt on many important issues, he strongly opposed Roosevelt's bid for a 3rd term as president and declared his own candidacy. When Roosevelt won the nomination, he chose Henry Wallace as his new running mate, which effectively ended Garner's political career. He resigned from office in 1941 and returned to private life in Uvalde, Texas.
“When I switched from speaker to vice president, it was the only demotion I ever had.” - John Nance Garner
John Garner died on Nov. 7, 1967 at the age of 98 years, making him the longest-living Vice President in United States history.
To honor his memory, Garner State Park and Garner Field in Uvalde and John Garner Middle School in San Antonio, Texas all bear his name.
Did he really say that the Vice Presidency wasn't worth a bucket of warm spit?
Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington, New Edition; edited by Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., Michael L. Collins, Patrick Cox, pg. 42; John Nance Garner
"Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K39H-FK4 : 5 December 2014), John Nance Garner, 07 Nov 1967; citing certificate number 75992, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,138,821.
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