1933 · Washington DC
"Official Program of the Inaugural Ceremonies Inducting into office Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, John N. Garner, Vice President of the United States, March 4, 1933." Presentation copy with gold embossed inscription to Mrs. John N. Garner (whose biography appears on page 21). Washington DC: Ransdell Incorporated, 1933. First Edition. Quarto, deluxe flexible leatherette binding, gold embossed with title and presidential seal. Copy 17 Signed by Cary T. Grayson, Chairman, General Inaugural Committee, and inscribed by the program committee chair: "To the Vice President-elect with/the affectionate regard of J. Fred Essary." Scarce edition given as gifts to distinguished guests. Fine.
John Nance Garner (1868 - 1967), nicknamed Cactus Jack, was a southern conservative Democrat. He served as Texas state representative from 1898 to 1902, U.S. Representative from 1903 to 1933 and Speaker of the House from 1931 – 1933. In 1932, Garner ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination. New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt was chosen, getting the necessary two-thirds after agreeing to make Garner his Vice-Presidential candidate. Garner was re-elected to the Seventy-third Congress and as Vice President of the United States at the same time. (Only Schuyler Colfax had previously served as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate on the same day). Garner resigned from the House just before being sworn in as Vice President, an office he held until 1941. Garner, who was not one of FDR's key advisors, famously described the Vice-Presidency as being "not worth a bucket of warm piss." (Inventory #: 24114)