Which U.S. Vice President was nicknamed “Cactus Jack”?

Trivia Question: Which U.S. Vice President was nicknamed “Cactus Jack”?

Lyndon B. Johnson (President John F. Kennedy)
George H. W. Bush (President Ronald Reagan)
John Nance Garner (President Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Dick Cheney (President George W. Bush)

 

What does a United States Vice-President have to do with the Texas state flower? In the case of John Nance Garner, his support for the prickly pear cactus earned him the lasting nickname “Cactus Jack.” At the start of the 20th century, Texas decided it should adopt a state flower. After cotton was rejected, a group of legislators, including Garner, argued that the cactus was a symbol of Texan hardiness and strength. In the end, the ladies of Texas (specifically representatives from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America) were successful and the more attractive bluebonnet was chosen in 1901. As for Cactus Jack Garner, he went on to enjoy a lengthy political career, serving as F.D.R.’s vice-president from 1933 to 1941.

The answer is: John Nance Garner (President Franklin D. Roosevelt)


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