Nelson Tift

Nelson Tift ( born July 23, 1810 in Groton, Connecticut, † November 21, 1891 in Albany, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1868 and 1869 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1826, Nelson Tift moved with his father to Key West, Florida. Four years later the family moved to Charleston, South Carolina on. There Tift began working in the trade. In 1835 he came to Georgia, where he was also engaged in trade. In 1835 he founded the Militia of Augusta (Augusta Guards ). Tift in 1836 also the founder of the town Albany. He was also justice of the peace. Politically, Tift joined the Democratic Party. In 1839 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Georgia. In the years 1840, 1841 and 1849 he was a member of the District Court in Baker County. Between 1841 and 1852 Tift sat several times as a delegate in the House of Representatives from Georgia. From 1845 to 1858 he edited the newspaper he founded, " Albany Patriot".

During the Civil War Tift served in the Navy of the Confederate States. He was responsible for the replenishment. After the re- admission of the State of Georgia to the Union Tift in the second electoral district of Georgia was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 25 July 1868. Until March 3, 1869, he finished there the current legislative period of the Congress. In the elections of 1868 he was confirmed. The Congress rejected its accreditation from but. In its place, the Republican Richard H. Whiteley was selected for the overdue election. Nelson Tift appealed against unsuccessfully a contradiction.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Tift worked in various sectors of the economy. He also served as plantation owners and the timber business. In addition, he operated grain mills. Tift was based on the construction sector and in the railway business. In 1877 he was a delegate to a further meeting to revise the State Constitution of Georgia. He died on 21 November 1891 in the city of Albany, which he founded.