|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|
|Mayor of Dallas|
1961 – February 3, 1964
|Preceded by||Robert L. Thornton|
|Succeeded by||J. Erik Jonsson|
October 27, 1906|
Dallas County, Texas
|Died||September 24, 1975
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. In May 1961, he was elected mayor to succeed Robert L. Thornton.
Cabell was the son of Dallas mayor Ben E. Cabell and grandson of Dallas mayor William L. Cabell. He was the brother of Charles Cabell, who was deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency until he resigned in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
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.
Robert L. Thornton
|Mayor of Dallas
|United States House of Representatives|
Bruce Reynolds Alger (R)
|United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Texas
Earle Cabell (D)
Alan Watson Steelman (R)