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Associate Justice Rice Garland

Rice Garland, Jr.
(1799 - 1863)

Judge, Cameron County, Texas, 1853-1854

Judge, Louisiana Supreme Court, 1840-1846

U.S. Congressman, 1834-1840, 1846

Born in Virginia, 1799 • Moved to Opelousas, Louisiana in 1820 • Married Celeste Lastrapes in 1826 • Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the twenty-third U.S. Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry A. Bullard, was reelected twice and served from 1834 to 1840 • While in the U.S. Congress, he was the chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (twenty-sixth Congress) • Resided in New Orleans from 1840-1846, while serving as Associate Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court • Relocated to Brownsville, Texas in 1846 and remained there until his death on August 13, 1863 • Portrait hangs in Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Garland family also owns several different portraits of him)