John Garner was a lawyer and Democratic politician from Texas and elected to the U.S. Congress when Hoover was president. He served as Speaker of the House until his election as the vice president under F.D.R. A conservative Southerner, he opposed Roosevelt᾽s New Deal’s deficit spending and strikes by labor unions. He broke again with F.D.R. over enlarging the Supreme Court. John Garner described the vice presidency as being “not worth a bucket of warm piss.” When Roosevelt ran for a second term, Garner was passed over in favor of Henry Wallace. He retired from politics in 1941 to manage his extensive real estate holdings. On November 22, 1963, Garner, who turned 95 that day, received a celebratory call from President John Kennedy just hours before J.F.K.’s assassination.
The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census. The number of Representatives is set by law at 435. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration. The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.
John Garner was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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