Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Finis Garrett Connection

Finis James Garrett is my husbands second cousin twice removed through the Harris family of Carroll County Tennessee.  Finis was born in Weakley County August 26, 1875, the son of Noah J. Garrett and Virginia C. Baughman.  He married Elizabeth Harris Burns.  She was the great grand-daughter of Williamson Harris and Elizabeth Battle Perry.  She and Finis had two children, Virginia Lee Garrett and Burns Garrett.

The family picture was taken June 29, 1953 on the eve of Jimmy's wedding.  I believe they are referring to James Henderson Moran IV.  Seated from left to right:  Virginia Lee Garrett, Elizabeth (Bess) Harris Burns, Finis James Garrett, and Burns Garrett.

Finis served in the US Congress from 1905 - 1929.  He had a failed Senate bid but was appointed judge of the  US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals by President Calvin Coolidge.  He later was appointed presiding judge of the court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 and served until his retirement on September 15, 1955.  Finis died in Washington DC on May 25, 1956.  He and his wife Elizabeth are buried in Sunset Cemetery in Dresden, TN.

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