Charles James McDonald

Charles James McDonald (July 9, 1793 – December 16, 1860) was an American attorney, jurist and politician.

Charles James McDonald
37th Governor of Georgia
In office
November 6, 1839 – November 8, 1843
Preceded byGeorge R. Gilmer
Succeeded byGeorge W. Crawford
Personal details
Born(1793-07-09)July 9, 1793
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedDecember 16, 1860 (age 67)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.

He was born in Charleston, South Carolina and moved with his family to Hancock County, Georgia in 1794.[1]

He served as a brigadier general in the Georgia Militia from 1823 to 1825.

McDonald served as the 37th Governor of Georgia from 1839 to 1843, defeating the Whig candidate William Crosby Dawson. In addition to serving in the Georgia Senate and Georgia House of Representatives, McDonald also served as a justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

McDonald died in Marietta, Georgia in 1860 and was buried in the Episcopal Cemetery in that same city.


  1. ^ "Gov. Charles James McDonald historical marker". Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
Party political offices
First Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by