John Nance Garner III, known among his contemporaries as "Cactus Jack", was an American Democratic politician and lawyer from Texas. He was the 32nd vice president of the United States, serving from 1933 to 1941. He was also the 39th speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1931 to 1933. Along with Schuyler Colfax, Garner is one of only two individuals to serve as vice president of the United States and speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
|For the Presidency, you run on a record and not on your legs.||Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising|
|I am an organization Democrat. I never in my life cast a vote against my own judgement, except I had to go along with the Democratic organization. I have done that. I will do it again. You must have organization.||Political Parties & Machines|
|I am not worth it [the high salary] as John Garner, and any value I have attained as Vice President of the United States is not for sale.||Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest|
|The only way to get anywhere in Congress is to stay there and let seniority take its course.||Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising|
|The trouble today is that we have too many laws.||Legislating & Legislative Process|
|The vice presidency ain't worth a pitcher of warm spit.||Compliments, Insults & Rebukes|
|Worst damnfool mistake I ever made was letting myself be elected Vice-President of the United States. Should have stuck with my old chores as Speaker of the House. I gave up the second most important job in the Government for one that didn't amount to a hill of beans. I spent eight long years as Mr. Roosevelt's spare tire. I might still be Speaker if I hadn't let them elect me Vice-President.||Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership|