Leslie C. Garnett

  1. Ernest Knaebel
  2. Francis J. Kearful
  3. Frank K. Nebeker
  4. Leslie C. Garnett
  5. William D. Riter
  6. Ira K. Wells
  7. Bertice M. Parmenter
  8. Seth W. Richardson
  9. Harry W. Blair
  10. Carl McFarland
  11. Norman Littell
  12. David L. Bazelon
  13. Augustus "Gus" Vanech
  14. William Amory Underhill
  15. James M. McInerney
  16. Perry W. Morton
  17. Ramsey Clark
  18. Edwin L. Weisl, Jr.
  19. Clyde O. Martz
  20. Shiro Kashiwa
  21. Kent Frizzell
  22. Wallace H. Johnson
  23. Peter Taft
  24. James W. Moorman
  25. Carol Dinkins
  26. F. Henry “Hank” Habicht, II
  27. Roger J. Marzulla
  28. Richard B. Stewart
  29. Lois Jane Schiffer
  30. Thomas L. Sansonetti
  31. Sue Ellen Wooldridge
  32. Ronald J. Tenpas
  33. Ignacia S. Moreno
  34. John C. Cruden
  35. Jeffrey Bossert Clark

Leslie C. Garnett (1920-1921)

Early History/Schooling: Leslie Garnett was from Virginia, and was the son of Judge Garnett, a Virginia state judge.   

Tenure as AAG:  In 1920, President Wilson promoted Garnett to Assistant Attorney General of the Division of Public Lands in a recess appointment.  He had served as an assistant to Frank Nebeker, AAG of the Lands Division, who was then appointed AAG of the Antitrust Division.   During his tenure, Garnett argued three cases before the Supreme Court relating to Indian land disputes.

Career:  Prior to joining the Justice Department, Garnett served as the Assistant Attorney General of Virginia where he occasionally advised on Indian matters.  From 1934-1937, Garnett served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.  In 1934, while serving as District Attorney for the District of Columbia, he came under fire for his comments assailing the role of women in the legal profession.  Garnett indicated that he did not intend to appoint any women as assistant District attorneys and was quoted as saying, “There is no place for them in this office.”  Garnett also served as Chancellor of National University, which later merged with George Washington University in 1954.
Personal: Garnett married Clara Garnett and together they had one child, G. Tinsley.  Garnett died in 1958. 

This material is based on the review of a variety of historical sources, and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  If you have any corrections or additional information about this individual or about the history of the Division, please contact ENRD.

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Updated November 28, 2018

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