TATTNALL, Josiah (1762-1803)

TATTNALL, JOSIAH, a Senator from Georgia; born at Bonaventure, near Savannah, Ga., in 1762; completed preparatory studies; went with his father to England at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and attended Eaton College; ran away from England and enlisted in the Continental Army in 1782; colonel of a regiment of Georgia State troops in 1793 for protection against the Indians and was promoted to brigadier general in 1801; member, State house of representatives 1795-1796; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Jackson and served from April 12, 1796, to March 3, 1799; Governor of Georgia 1801-1802; died in Nassau, New Providence, British West Indies, June 6, 1803; interment in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga.

Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Gubernatorial papers.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 50 items. Letters, notes, regimental orders, and land records.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1796. 1 item.

  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "Josiah Tattnall.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 43-46. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.