|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
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 John F. Kennedy and was later a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cabell was born in Dallas. He attended Texas A&M University, where he met Jack Crichton and H.R. "Bum" Bright, and thereafter Southern Methodist University. After returning from college, he founded, along with his brothers, Cabell's Inc., a chain of dairies and convenience stores. He later became involved with banking and other investments. May 1961, he was elected mayor to succeed Robert L. Thornton.
Cabell was the 4th of 4 sons of the then former 1900–1904 City of Dallas Mayor Ben E. Cabell and also the grandson of the former multi-term City of Dallas Mayor William L. Cabell of the late 19th Century. 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 President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie 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 Earle 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 Governor John B. Connally, Jr., and George Herbert Walker Bush fell to Senator Ralph W. Yarborough. Cabell served four terms in the House before he was defeated by the Republican Alan Steelman in the 1972 election.
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- "Probe Reports Dallas School Kids Cheered; Move Pastor to Place of Safety". Chicago Tribune. 116 (332). November 28, 1963. Section 1, page 14. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
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Robert L. Thornton
| Mayor of Dallas
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Bruce Reynolds Alger (R)
| United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Texas
Earle Cabell (D)
Alan Watson Steelman (R)