John “Cactus Jack” Garner, 32nd vice president of the United States who had previously served two years as speaker of the House of Representatives, settled in Uvalde in the 1890s. First elected to the U.S. House in 1903, Garner was reelected 15 times, becoming a master political manipulator. His congressional career ended when he became vice president in 1933 in Franklin Roosevelt’s first administration. He served FDR by guiding through Congress much of the New Deal legislative program. During FDR’s second term Garner became disenchanted with the administration and did not run again in 1940. He then retired to Uvalde, where he often, in his words, would “strike a blow for liberty.” By this he meant a copious swig of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Garner won a place in history when he described the vice presidency as not being worth “a pitcher of warm spit.”