Carroll Gartin

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Carroll Gartin
Carroll Gartin.jpg
Gartin at the inauguration of Paul B. Johnson Jr. in 1964
22nd Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
In office
1964 – December 19, 1966
Governor Hugh L. White
James P. Coleman
Preceded by Sam Lumpkin
Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
Succeeded by Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
Charles L. Sullivan
Personal details
Born (1913-09-14)September 14, 1913
Meridian, Lauderdale County
Mississippi, USA
Died December 19, 1966(1966-12-19) (aged 53)
Laurel, Jones County
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janie Gavin
Profession Attorney

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 in eastern Mississippi.[1]

He served his first two terms 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 Corinth and Jackson of having created an unnecessary general election, a scenario then new to Mississippi. As a former Democrat, Gartin said that Phillips could have simply remained in the Democratic primary and hence voided the need for a third election.

Johnson's campaign was buoyed by outgoing Governor Ross Barnett and Democratic state chairman Bidwell Adam. Johnson topped Phillips, 62-38 percent, and Gartin defeated the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Stanford Morse, a state senator from Gulfport by an even larger 74-26 percent.[2]

Gartin was a staunch white supremacist and a former supporter of Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Bilbo[1]. He was a member of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which was devoted to preserving racial segregation in the state.[2]

Gartin was a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention, which nominated the Stevenson-Kefauver ticket.

Gartin died of a heart attack in 1966 at Jones County Community Hospital, hours after checking in for chest pains.[3][4]

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 the state capital of Jackson is named after him and houses the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Court of Appeals as well as the state law library. Gartin was an attorney; he practiced law with Republican Charles W. Pickering.[3]


  1. ^ Mississippi. Secretary of State (1964). Mississippi Official and Statistical Register. ISSN 0196-4755. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  2. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Challenging the Status Quo: Rubel Lex Phillips and the Mississippi Republican Party (1963–1967)", The Journal of Mississippi History XLVII, November 1985, No. 4, p. 256
  3. ^ "Lt.-Gov Carroll Gartin Dies Of Heart Attack", Biloxi Daily Herald, Monday, December 19, 1966, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Of America
  4. ^ "Caroll Gartin Suffers a Fatal Heart Attack", Hattiesburg American, Monday, December 19, 1966, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States Of America
Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Lumpkin
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
Preceded by
Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Charles L. Sullivan