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John Nance Garner

US Vice President, US Congressman. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 32nd Vice President of the United States under President Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 until 1941. From 1903 until 1933, he served Texas' 15th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives for which included serving as Minority Leader (1929 to 1931) and Speaker of the House (1931 to 1933). Born in a log cabin, one of thirteen off springs, he studied law at Vanderbilt University and was admitted to the bar in 1890. After moving to Uvalde, Texas he commenced practicing law and was elected to county judge (1893 to 1896). He entered the political arena, when he was elected to and served in the Texas State Legislation from 1898 until 1902. During this period a new Congressional District was formed and Garner was elected to serve Texas' 15th Congressional District in 1903. By the time Franklin Roosevelt entered the presidential race, Garner has established himself as a powerful figure in Washington. Garner was very popular among many and earned enough support to secure a nomination for president. Garner turned over his votes to Roosevelt who in turned rewarded him by adding him to the ticket. Highly respected by his colleague in Congress, Garner used his persuasive abilities to his advantage in regards to passing through bills. He was instrumental in the passing of "The New Deal" program. However by 1937, Garner voiced his disagreement with Roosevelt as the administration expanded programs and enlarged federal spending. The rift led to his exclusion on the ticket as Roosevelt sought his third term in 1940. Henry Wallace succeeded him as vice president when Roosevelt won reelection. Garner retired from politics and lived a quiet life in his native Texas. He died two weeks before his 99th birthday.

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  • Added: 6 May 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2896
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Nance Garner (22 Nov 1868–7 Nov 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2896, citing Uvalde Cemetery, Uvalde, Uvalde County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .