John Nance Garner

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John Nance Garner
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32nd Vice-President of the United States
Term of office
March 4, 1933 - January 20, 1941
Political party Democratic
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Charles Curtis
Succeeded by Henry A. Wallace
Born November 22, 1868
Red River County, Texas
Died November 7, 1967
Uvalde, Texas
Spouse Mariette Rheiner Garner

John Nance Garner, III (November 22, 1868 – November 7, 1967) was the first Vice President under Franklin D. Roosevelt, serving from 1933 to 1941. He broke with Roosevelt in 1937 and led the fight against packing the Supreme Court, giving Roosevelt a smashing defeat.

He was of course dropped from the Democratic ticket in the 1940 election. He is famous for saying the vice presidency of the United States is "not worth a pitcher of warm spit."[1]

He died at the age of 99.[2] The Garner Museum in Uvalde, Texas, and Garner State Park near Concan, also in Uvalde County, are named in his honor.

See also


  1. Morrow, Lance (1991), "The Strange Destiny Of a Vice President," Time Magazine, Monday, May. 20, 1991
  2. Fandex, Workman publishing, 2002.