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Here’s a photograph from the November 9 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of the upcoming Vice President of the United States.

John Nance Garner (1868-1967) started his political career as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, to which he was elected in 1898. While there, he suggested that the prickly pear cactus should become Texas’s state flower, thus earning him the nickname “Cactus Jack”. (The bluebonnet was chosen.)

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1903, remaining there until 1933, thanks partially to support from the land bosses in his gerrymandered district and to a poll tax that disenfranchised minority voters. He became Speaker of the House in 1931.

Garner ran for President in 1932, and became Franklin Roosevelt’s Vice President after withdrawing from the race in Roosevelt’s favour. He served two terms as Vice President before falling out with Roosevelt on policy disagreements; he famously referred to the office as being “not worth a bucket of warm piss”.

After leaving office in 1941, Garner was occasionally consulted by other Democrats for advice. John F. Kennedy called to wish him a happy birthday on the morning that Kennedy was assassinated. Garner passed away less than a month before his 99th birthday.

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