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Detroit, Texas: Cactus Jack’s Home Town

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

A vice-presidential home in little Detroit, Texas.

Detroit [DEE-troyt] Texas was the home town of “Cactus Jack” John Nance Garner, a Speaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, contemporary of Sam Rayburn, and Vice President to Franklin Delano Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941. He ran for the presidency in 1940, but Roosevelt was re-nominated for a record 3rd term, and after Roosevelt won, Cactus Jack left politics soon thereafter.

The Garner family home is still extant in Detroit. It has a historical marker, but doesn't seem to be maintained as such a house needs to be. Maybe someone, somewhere (or the Texas Historical Commission?) can take care of it?

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