John Nance Garner Biography

U.S. Representative, U.S. Vice President (1868–1967)
John Nance Garner was 32nd U.S. vice president. He maintained his conservatism despite his prominent position in Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal administration.


John Nance Garner was born November 22, 1868, in Red River County, Texas. In 1932 he was a candidate for the presidency, but instead became Franklin D. Roosevelt's vice president. Although reelected in 1936, he broke with the administration in 1937. Opposed to Roosevelt's effort to win an unprecedented third term, Garner challenged him for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1940 but lost.

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