Member of the Kentucky Senate and Officer of the War of 1812. Garrard was a representative in the Lower House of the Kentucky Legislature in 1808, 1820, and 1830, and a member of the Kentucky Senate from 1813 until 1817 where he was chairman of the Committee on Propositions and Grievances. In 1817 he was appointed Brigadier General of the Fourth Brigade of the Kentucky State Militia.
Inscription: (Side 1:) Sacred to the memory of Gnl. James Garrard son of Col. James and Elizabeth (Mountjoy) Garrard. Born January 1, 1773. Married to Nancy Lewis Dec. 18, 1793 and departed this life Sept. 1st, 1838 Aged 65 years 8 months. (Side 2:) As a Christian none were more pious and devout. He embraced Christianity at the age of 19 years and acted to his profession until the day of his death. Was charitable in supplying the wants of the indigent and afflicted and exercised the same liberal spirit when judging of the condition of his fellow-men. (Side 3:) As a patriot but few now living have higher claims to the gratitude of a generous people. His political life speaks loud in his behalf. As a statesman, his youthful military career against the Indians as well as his subservient conduct in the hard fought battles of Raisen give evidence of military tact and discipline firm and inflexible purpose and mind and moral courage of the most firm and fearless character. (side 4:) As a husband he was kind tender and devoted in his affection towards his children. He entertained the most paternal fondness and regard. And to the public as exemplified in his many public spirited acts, he evidenced that spirit of liberality for the benefit of posterity and improvement of his country which characterized his whole life.