John Nance Garner

vice president of the United States from 1933 to 1941

John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner (November 22, 1868November 7, 1967) was a U.S. representative from Texas, the thirty-second vice president of the United States and the forty-fourth speaker of the United States House of Representatives.


  • Not worth a bucket of warm spit.
    • Comment to Lyndon B. Johnson on the vice presidency, widely attributed to Garner as early as 1964. The quote is sometimes given as using "piss" instead of "spit."
  • 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 didn't let them elect me Vice-President.
    • Comment shortly after leaving office, on leaving his post as speaker of the United States House of Representative to become the vice president, quoted by Frank X. Tolbert, "What is Cactus Jack Up to Now," Saturday Evening Post (November 2, 1963) and recounted in Alden Whitman's obituary [1] of Garner in the New York Times (November 8, 1967).
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