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Jacob Aaron Garber (January 25, 1879 – December 2, 1953) was a teacher and businessman who served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly as well as in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.[1]

Jacob Aaron Garber
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Member of the Virginia Senate from Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Warren Counties and the City of Harrisonburg
In office
Preceded byAubrey Weaver
Succeeded byRaymond R. Guest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1931
Preceded byThomas W. Harrison
Succeeded byJohn W. Fishburne
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg
In office
January 14, 1920 – = January 10, 1922
Serving with William Ruebush
Preceded byCharles H. Rolston
Succeeded byGeorge B. Keezell
Personal details
Born(1879-01-25)January 25, 1879
Harrisonburg, Virginia
DiedDecember 2, 1953(1953-12-02) (aged 74)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Alma materEmerson College

Early and family lifeEdit

Jacob A. Garber was born near Harrisonburg, Virginia. He attended the public schools of Rockingham County, and Bridgewater College. He then moved to Prince William County, Virginia and became Principal of Brentsville Academy in 1904 and 1905. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Emerson College in, in 1907


Garber taught in Well's Memorial Institute in Boston in 1906 and 1907, then became the Secretary of Emerson College in 1907 and 1908. He returned to Timberville, Virginia, in 1908 and was employed as a bank cashier until 1924.

Rockingham County voters elected Garber and William Ruebush as their (part-time) representatives in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1920, the pair defeating two other men that year, but losing their re-election bid to others in 1922.[2] In 1924, Garber was elected treasurer of Rockingham County, and served from 1924 to 1929. He was member of and was interested in various orchard and canning organizations.

In 1928, voters elected Garber as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress. He defeated veteran Democrat Thomas W. Harrison, but lost his re-election bid in 1930 to John W. Fishburne.

After Congress, Garber served as chief of the field and processing-tax divisions at the Internal Revenue Office in Richmond, Virginia from 1931 to 1935. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1932, but lost another attempt to return to Congress in 1940.

When Aubrey G. Weaver died, Garber won a special election and served in the Virginia State Senate from 1945 to 1947.[3] He later resumed operation of commercial orchards, and died in Harrisonburg, Virginia on December 2, 1953. He was interred in Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Timberville, Virginia.


  • 1928; Garber was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.37% of the vote, defeating Democrat Thomas W. Harrison and Independents Dabney C. Harrison and H.B. McCormac.
  • 1930; Garber lost his re-election bid.


  1. ^
    • United States Congress. "Jacob A. Garber (id: G000045)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Cynthia Miller Leonard (ed), The General Assembly of Virginia 1619-1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members (Richmond, 1978) pp. 619 (typo as "Barber")
  3. ^ Leonard pp. 682, 689
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas W. Harrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Fishburne

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