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Garrett, Daniel Edward (1869–1932)

Biography Entry

Daniel Edward Garrett, lawyer and politician, son of Edward C. and Susan Olive (Haddox) Garrett, was born in Springfield, Tennessee, on April 28, 1869. After an elementary education he taught at Jones Cabin School and at Turnersville, Tennessee, while studying law. He was admitted to the bar and began his practice at Springfield in 1893. On December 7 of that year he married Ida Jones. Garrett was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1892 to 1896 and of the Tennessee Senate from 1902 to 1906, when he moved to Houston, Texas. From March 4, 1913, to March 3, 1915, and again from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1919, he was congressman-at-large from Texas in the Sixty-third and Sixty-fifth congresses. He returned to Congress from the Eighth District for the Sixty-seventh through the Seventy-second congresses. He was chairman of a subcommittee on war expenditures during World War I and a member of the Military Affairs Committee, in which he was instrumental in securing the establishment of Camp Logan and Ellington Field (later Ellington Air Force Base) at Houston. Garrett was a Democrat, a Baptist, and a Mason. He died in Washington, D.C., on December 13, 1932, and was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Houston.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress. Dallas Morning News, December 14, 1932. Houston Post, December 14, 15, 1932.

Time Periods:

  • Progressive Era


  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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