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 Rice Garland Jr.

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Rice Garland Jr. Famous memorial

Birth
Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Death
13 Aug 1863 (aged 63)
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Burial
Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
Plot
Blk 33 Lot D01
Memorial ID
35603490 View Source

US Congressman. He studied law and became an attorney, first in Leaksville, North Carolina, and then in Opelousas, Louisiana. In 1834 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as an Anti-Jacksonian to fill the vacancy caused by Henry A. Bullard's resignation. He was reelected twice as a Whig and served from April, 1834 to July 21, 1840, when he resigned. In April, 1840, Garland spoke against the Van Buren administration's proposal to create a standing Army, and was attacked on the House floor by Congressman Jesse A. Bynum of North Carolina. Garland left Congress to accept appointment to the Louisiana Supreme Court, where he served until 1846, when he was accused of financial misconduct, twice attempted suicide by drowning himself in the Mississippi River, resigned from the bench, and moved to Matamoros, Mexico. He later moved to Brownsville, Texas, where he practiced law until his death. Garland served as Cameron County Judge from 1853 to 1854 and won election to a full term in 1854, but declined to serve.

US Congressman. He studied law and became an attorney, first in Leaksville, North Carolina, and then in Opelousas, Louisiana. In 1834 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as an Anti-Jacksonian to fill the vacancy caused by Henry A. Bullard's resignation. He was reelected twice as a Whig and served from April, 1834 to July 21, 1840, when he resigned. In April, 1840, Garland spoke against the Van Buren administration's proposal to create a standing Army, and was attacked on the House floor by Congressman Jesse A. Bynum of North Carolina. Garland left Congress to accept appointment to the Louisiana Supreme Court, where he served until 1846, when he was accused of financial misconduct, twice attempted suicide by drowning himself in the Mississippi River, resigned from the bench, and moved to Matamoros, Mexico. He later moved to Brownsville, Texas, where he practiced law until his death. Garland served as Cameron County Judge from 1853 to 1854 and won election to a full term in 1854, but declined to serve.

Bio by: Bill McKern

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 6 Apr 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 35603490
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35603490/rice-garland: accessed ), memorial page for Rice Garland Jr. (30 Sep 1799–13 Aug 1863), Find a Grave Memorial ID 35603490, citing Old City Cemetery, Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .