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Finis J. Garrett (1875 – 1956) was born in Weakley County, Tennessee in 1875. He attended Bethel College and graduated in 1897. During that period he worked as an editor for local newspapers. After he went on to law and then the US Congress. In the House he served from 1905 to 1929 and from 1923 to 1929 he was House minority leader. He also did some history writing producing How Andrew Jackson Applied Democratic Principles; An Address ... in 1927. He served as Presiding judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals from 1937-1955. He was interred at the Sunset Cemetery in Dresden, Tennessee.

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