Garrett, Robert Calvin (1826–1890)

By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: July 23, 2008

Updated: November 20, 2014

Robert Calvin Garrett, farmer, banker, Confederate soldier, and state representative, was born in Tennessee on September 12, 1826, the son of David Garrett. Garrett immigrated to Texas in the early 1850s, settled in Harrison County, and established himself as a farmer. Here he married Lucy J. Long on May 3, 1855. This couple had one son and two daughters.

On September 23, 1863, during the Civil War Garrett volunteered for service in the Confederate Army, enlisting as a private in Company F of the Second Texas Cavalry Regiment. He served with this unit through the remainder of the war and was discharged at the general surrender of Texas forces in May 1865. Garrett returned to Harrison County, and in 1866 he won election as representative for the county to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. During the 1870s Garrett established himself as a banker. Robert Calvin Garrett died in Harrison County on February 12, 1890, and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Marshall.

Kathryn H. Davis with Linda E. Deveraux and Carolyn E. Ericson, Harrison County, Texas, in the Civil War (Nacogdoches: Ericson, 2003). Nancy B. Ruff, Harrison County, Texas, Caucasian Residents in 1880 (Baltimore: Gateway, 1987).

  • Eleventh Legislature (1866)
  • House

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Garrett, Robert Calvin,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 23, 2008
November 20, 2014