Carroll Gartin

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Carroll Gartin
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
In office
1964 – December 19, 1966
Preceded by Sam Lumpkin (first term)
Paul B. Johnson, Jr. (second term)
Succeeded by Paul B. Johnson, Jr. (first term)
Charles L. Sullivan (second term)
Personal details
Born (1913-09-14)September 14, 1913
Meridian, Mississippi
Died December 19, 1966(1966-12-19) (aged 53)
Laurel, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janie Gavin

Carroll Gartin (September 14, 1913 – December 19, 1966) was an American Democratic politician from Laurel in Jones County in southeastern Mississippi, who served three terms as the 22nd lieutenant governor of his state. He was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1913.[1]

He served his first term from 1952 to 1960 under fellow Democrats, Governors Hugh L. White and James P. Coleman. He returned to the office for two years under Paul B. Johnson, Jr., but died midway in the term. In the 1963 campaign, Gartin accused Johnson's opponent, the Republican nominee Rubel Phillips, of having created an unnecessary general election contest, a scenario then new to Mississippi. As a former Democrat, Phillips could have instead run in the Democratic primary and voided the need for a third election, said Gartin.

Gartin was a staunch white supremacist and a former supporter of Governor and U.S. SenatorTheodore Bilbo[2]. He was a member of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which was devoted to preserving racial segregation in the state.[3]

Gartin was also a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention.

Gartin died of a heart attack in 1966 at Jones County Community Hospital, hours after checking in for chest pains.[2][3]

The Carroll Gartin Justice Building (32°18′19″N 90°10′56″W / 32.30528°N 90.18222°W / 32.30528; -90.18222 (Carroll Gartin Justice Building)) in Jackson, Mississippi, a state capital, is named after him and houses the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Court of Appeals and the state law library. Gartin was an attorney; he practiced law with Charles Pickering.[4]


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  2. ^ "Lt.-Gov Carroll Gartin Dies Of Heart Attack", Biloxi Daily Herald, Monday, December 19, 1966, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Of America
  3. ^ "Caroll Gartin Suffers a Fatal Heart Attack", Hattiesburg American, Monday, December 19, 1966, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States Of America