Garner H. Tullis

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Garner Hugh Tullis, Sr.
Born(1893-04-04)April 4, 1893
DiedFebruary 18, 1966(1966-02-18) (aged 72)
ResidenceNew Orleans, Louisiana
Spouse(s)Mary Lee Brown Tullis (married 1916)
ChildrenMalcolm McCullough Tullis
Mary Lee Tullis
Garner Hugh Tullis, Jr.
Eli Watson Tullis

Garner Hugh Tullis, Sr. (April 4, 1893   February 18, 1966), was a businessman and civic leader from New Orleans, Louisiana, who formed his own brokerage firm, Tullis, Craig & Bright, and became a partner of E. F. Hutton & Co. He was also a nationally known yachtsman who won the races in 1930, 1932, and 1948 between St. Petersburg, Florida, and Havana, Cuba.

Tullis was born in St. Joseph, the seat of Tensas Parish, located along the Mississippi River in northeastern Louisiana, to the attorney and landowner Hugh Tullis (1857–1931) and the former Nellie Watson. His cousin, Joseph T. Curry, was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Tensas Parish from 1930 to 1944.[1]

Tullis arrived in New Orleans at the age of sixteen and worked his way from messenger in a cotton firm to become the principal cotton trader in the city at the New Orleans Cotton Exchange.[2] Employed by John F. Clark & Company, he later formed his own brokerage company and then became the Hutton partner in New Orleans. He was a founder of the Louisiana and Southern Life Insurance Company (later Charter Security Life Insurance). He chaired the board of the company until his death.

During World War II, Tullis served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Coast Guard and as commander of the Port of Orleans Security Volunteer Force.

Tullis married the former Mary Lee Brown on October 6, 1916. Their children were Malcolm McCullough Tullis (born 1917), Mary Lee Tullis (born 1919), Garner Hugh Tullis, Jr. (1923–1930), and Eli Watson Tullis (born 1928).

In 1939, Tullis purchased a historic home in Biloxi, Mississippi, for use as a summer home. It subsequently became known as the Tullis-Toledano Manor. After its sale to the city of Biloxi in 1975, it became a popular museum and local attraction. Many young couples were married on the beautiful grounds of the manor. It was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

Tullis "ruled" New Orleans as Rex, King of Carnival in 1935. His interest in yachts led to his becoming the commodore of the Southern Yacht Club. He died while cruising off the Gulf of Mexico near Apalachicola, Florida, aboard his yacht Windjammer.


  1. ^ Matthew Reonas, Once Proud Princes: Planters and Plantation Culture in Louisiana's Northeast Delta, From the First World War Through the Great Depression, p. 271 (PDF). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Ph.D. dissertation, December 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Kolb, Carolyn, “Glory Days of the Old Cotton Exchange,” New Orleans Magazine, January, 2011; Accessed 23 November, 2016:

"Garner H. Tullis", A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 2 (1988), p. 800

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