George Tankard Garrison

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George Tankard Garrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Richard L. T. Beale
Succeeded by Robert M. Mayo
In office
March 20, 1884 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Robert M. Mayo
Succeeded by Thomas Croxton
Member of the Virginia Senate from Accomack and Northampton Counties
In office
1863 – 1865
Preceded by Oswald Finney
Succeeded by Samuel Powell
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Accomack County
In office
1862 – 1863
Preceded by Arthur Watson
Succeeded by Thomas Parramore
Personal details
Born (1835-01-14)January 14, 1835
Accomack County, Virginia
Died November 14, 1889(1889-11-14) (aged 54)
Accomac, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Dickinson College
University of Virginia
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Private
Battles/wars American Civil War

George Tankard Garrison (January 14, 1835 – November 14, 1889) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Accomack County, Virginia, Garrison was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1853 and from the law department of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1857.


He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Accomac. He served as a private in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates during the period 1861–1863. He served in the Senate of Virginia in the years 1863–1865. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Garrison was elected judge of the eighth Virginia circuit in 1870 and subsequently judge of the seventeenth circuit.

Garrison was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883). He successfully contested the election of Robert M. Mayo to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from March 20, 1884, to March 3, 1885. He resumed the practice of law.

Later life and death[edit]

Garrison was elected judge of the county court of Accomack County, Virginia. He died at Accomac, Virginia, November 14, 1889. He was interred in Edge Hill Cemetery.


  • 1880; Garrison was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 48.17% of the vote, defeating Republican John W. Woltz and Readjuster John Critcher.
  • 1882; Garrison initially lost re-election to Readjuster Robert Murphy Mayo by one vote. The result of the race was contested and Garrison was seated in the House for a second term.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard L. T. Beale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert M. Mayo
Preceded by
Robert M. Mayo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Croxton

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website