|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 5th district
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1973
|Preceded by||Bruce Reynolds Alger|
|Succeeded by||Alan Steelman|
|48th Mayor of Dallas|
1961 – February 3, 1964
|Preceded by||Robert L. Thornton|
|Succeeded by||J. Erik Jonsson|
|Born||October 27, 1906|
Dallas County, Texas
|Died||September 24, 1975 (aged 68)|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Parents||Ben E. Cabell|
Sadie E. Pearre
|Relatives||William L. Cabell (grandfather)|
Charles P. Cabell (brother)
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University|
Southern Methodist University
|Occupation||Politician, CIA asset|
Earle Cabell (October 27, 1906 – September 24, 1975) was a Texas politician who served as mayor of Dallas, Texas. Cabell was mayor at the time of the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy and was later a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cabell was born in Dallas. He graduated from North Dallas High School in 1925. He attended Texas A&M University for one term, where he met Jack Crichton and H.R. "Bum" Bright, and thereafter Southern Methodist University for one term.
He and his brothers founded Cabell's Inc., a chain of dairies and convenience stores. He later became involved with banking and other investments. In May 1961, he was elected mayor to succeed Robert L. Thornton.
Cabell was the youngest of 4 sons of the then former Dallas Mayor Ben E. Cabell and also the grandson of the former Dallas Mayor William L. Cabell. He was the brother of Charles Cabell, who was deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency until Charles was fired in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Assassination of Kennedy
Cabell and his wife met United States President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy at Love Field on the morning of November 22, 1963. Cabell's wife reported that while riding in Kennedy's motorcade through Dealey Plaza, she observed "a rather long looking thing" sticking out of a window of the Texas School Book Depository immediately after the first shot. After receiving word from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he was the subject of a death threat, Cabell was guarded by police when he traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend Kennedy's funeral and also upon his return to Dallas.
One version of John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, the "Renegade CIA Clique" theory, implicates Cabell and other alleged conspirators, including CIA officials James Jesus Angleton, William King Harvey, and Cabell's brother Charles Cabell. This theory claims Earl Cabell re-routed Kennedy's motorcade as a favor to his brother.
On February 3, 1964, Cabell resigned as mayor of Dallas in order to run for Congress. He unseated the ten-year Republican incumbent Bruce Alger. In that same election, Jack Crichton was defeated by a wide margin by the Democratic Texas Governor John B. Connally, Jr., and George Herbert Walker Bush fell to United States Senator Ralph W. Yarborough. Cabell served four terms in the House before he was defeated by the Republican Alan Steelman in the 1972 election. Cabell voted in favor of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
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