Alabama Department of Archives and History
TAIT, Charles (1768-1835)
Senate Years of Service: 1809-1819

TAIT, CHARLES, a Senator from Georgia; born near the present town of Hanover, Hanover County, Va., February 1, 1768; moved to Georgia in 1783 with his parents, who settled near Petersburg; completed preparatory studies; attended Wilkes Academy, Washington, Ga., 1786-1787, and Cokesbury College, Abingdon, Md., 1788; professor of French in Cokesburg College 1789-1794; studied law while teaching and was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1795; rector and professor at Richmond Academy, Augusta, Ga., 1795-1798; commenced the practice of law in Elbert County in 1798; presiding judge of the western circuit court of Georgia 1803-1809; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Milledge; was reelected in 1813 and served from November 27, 1809, to March 3, 1819; chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses); moved to Wilcox County, Ala., in 1819; appointed by President James Monroe as United States district judge for Alabama 1820-1826, when he resigned; engaged as a planter near Claiborne, Ala.; declined a mission to Great Britain in 1828; died near Claiborne, Ala., October 7, 1835; interment in Dry Forks Cemetery on his country estate, Wilcox County, Ala.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: Ca. 1,000 items of correspondence, business letters, and financial records (1791-1836) in Tait family papers, 1786-1899. Topics include national and Georgia and Alabama state politics, family matters, land purchases, foreign relations, and growing cotton.
Papers: Correspondence in Walker family papers, 1798-1833; and Alabama governor administrative files, 1819-1920. Finding aid.

Auburn University
Auburn, AL
Papers: 1828-1835. Correspondence (1828, 1833) and financial records (1828-1835). Finding aid.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 2 letters.

Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities
Santa Monica, CA
Papers: 1825. 1 letter. From John Trumbull concerning his paintings for the Rotunda of the Capitol.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1815. 1 item.

  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "Charles Tait.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 66-69. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.
  • Moffatt, Charles H. "The Life of Charles Tait.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Vanderbilt University, 1946.