Earle Cabell

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Earle Cabell
Earle Cabell.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Bruce Reynolds Alger
Succeeded by Alan Steelman
48th Mayor of Dallas
In office
1961 – February 3, 1964
Preceded by Robert L. Thornton
Succeeded by J. Erik Jonsson
Personal details
Born (1906-10-27)October 27, 1906
Dallas County, Texas
Died September 24, 1975(1975-09-24) (aged 68)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
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

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.

Early life[edit]

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.

Family[edit]

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 resigned in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Assassination of Kennedy[edit]

Cabell and his wife met President John F. Kennedy and the first lady Jackie Kennedy at Love Field on the morning of November 22, 1963.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] This theory claims Earl Cabell re-routed Kennedy's motorcade as a favor to his brother.[4]

Congress[edit]

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.

Later life[edit]

Following his defeat, he retired in Dallas, where he lived until his death in 1975 from emphysema. He was buried at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.[5]

Legacy[edit]

The Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse on Commerce Street in Dallas is named in his honor.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JFK's Arrival in Dallas". University of Texas Arlington Libraries Special Collections. library.uta.edu/. "Howdy, Mr. President!"; A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK. Arlington, Texas: The University of Texas at Arlington. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Eyewitness Stories of Kennedy Slaying Among Most Telling Evidence". Chicago Tribune. 118 (272). AP. September 28, 1964. Section 1, page 7. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ a b Catchpole, Terry (January 17, 1992). "Nine JFK assassination theories". Entertainment. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Political Graveyard, Dallas County, TX". Political Graveyard. 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/court-tours

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Thornton
Mayor of Dallas

Earle Cabell
1961–1964

Succeeded by
Erik Jonsson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bruce Reynolds Alger (R)
United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Texas

Earle Cabell (D)
1965–1973

Succeeded by
Alan Watson Steelman (R)