Finis J. Garrett

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Finis J. Garrett
Finis J. Garrett (Tennessee Congressman).jpg
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
In office
December 1, 1937 – September 15, 1955
Appointed by Franklin Roosevelt
Preceded by William Graham
Succeeded by Noble Johnson
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
In office
February 18, 1929 – December 1, 1937
Appointed by Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by James Smith
Succeeded by Joseph Jackson
House Minority Leader
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1929
Deputy William Oldfield
Preceded by Claude Kitchin
Succeeded by John Garner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1929
Preceded by Rice Pierce
Succeeded by Jere Cooper
Personal details
Born (1875-08-26)August 26, 1875
Ore Springs, Tennessee, U.S.
Died May 25, 1956(1956-05-25) (aged 80)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Harris Burns
Children Virginia
Burns
Alma mater Bethel College, Tennessee

Finis J. Garrett (August 26, 1875 – May 25, 1956) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 9th congressional district of Tennessee.

Biography[edit]

Garrett was born near Ore Springs, in Weakley County, Tennessee on August 26, 1875, the son of Noah J. and Virginia Baughman Garrett. He attended Bethel College and graduated in 1897. During that period he worked as a teacher and an editor for local newspapers.

Career[edit]

After graduation, Garrett went on to study law and passed the Tennessee Bar Association in 1899. He was appointed master in chancery and served from September 14, 1900 to January 24, 1905. He married Elizabeth Harris Burns on November 27, 1901, and they had two children, Virginia Lee and Burns.

Elected to the Fifty-ninth US Congress and to the eleven succeeding Congresses, Garrett served from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1929.[1] He served as chairman of the Committee on Insular Affairs (Sixty-fifth Congress), and was minority leader for the Sixty-eighth through Seventieth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination to the Seventy-first Congress in 1928, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924.

Garrett also did some history writing producing How Andrew Jackson Applied Democratic Principles; An Address ... in 1927. He was appointed judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals from 1929 to 1937. He was Presiding judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals from 1937 to 1955.[2]

Death[edit]

Garrett died on May 26, 1956 (age 80 years, 274 days). He is interred at the Sunset Cemetery in Dresden, Tennessee.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finis J. Garrett". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Finis J. Garrett". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Finis J. Garrett". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rice Pierce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th congressional district

1905–1929
Succeeded by
Jere Cooper
Preceded by
William Jones
Chairperson of the House Insular Affairs Committee
1917–1919
Succeeded by
Horace Towner
Preceded by
Claude Kitchin
House Minority Leader
1923–1929
Succeeded by
John Garner
Party political offices
Preceded by
Claude Kitchin
House Democratic Leader
1923–1929
Succeeded by
John Garner
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Smith
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
1929–1937
Succeeded by
Joseph Jackson
Preceded by
William Graham
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
1937–1955
Succeeded by
Noble Johnson