Josiah Tattnall (Senator)

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This article is about the former U.S. Senator and Governor of Georgia. For his son, the United States Naval officer, see Josiah Tattnall.
Josiah Tattnall, Sr.
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
February 20, 1796 – March 4, 1799
Preceded by George Walton
Succeeded by Abraham Baldwin
25th Governor of Georgia
In office
November 7, 1801 – November 4, 1802
Preceded by David Emanuel
Succeeded by John Milledge
Personal details
Born 1762
Savannah, Georgia
Died June 6, 1803 (aged 40–41)
Nassau, British West Indies (now Bahamas)
Political party Democratic-Republican

Josiah Tattnall, Sr. (1762 – June 6, 1803) was an American planter, soldier and politician from Savannah, Georgia. He represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 1796 to 1799 and was the 25th Governor of Georgia in 1801 and 1802.

Born near Savannah, Georgia, he studied at Eton School before joining Anthony Wayne's troops at Ebenezer during the American Revolutionary War.[1] After the war, he was elected brigadier general of the 1st Regiment in the Georgia Militia before being elected governor in 1801.[2] He died in Nassau, New Providence.[3]


Tattnall County, Georgia is named after him.[4]

His son, Josiah Tattnall, Jr., served as a captain in both the U.S. Navy and the Confederate Navy.


  1. ^ Smith, p. 343
  2. ^ Smith, p. 344
  3. ^ Smith, p. 344
  4. ^ Smith, p. 344


  • Smith, Gordon Burns, History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861, Volume One, Campaigns and Generals, Milledgeville: Boyd Publishing, 2000. ASIN:B003L1PRKI.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
George Walton
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Georgia
Served alongside: James Gunn
Succeeded by
Abraham Baldwin
Political offices
Preceded by
David Emanuel
Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
John Milledge