Robert M. Charlton

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Robert Milledge Charlton
File:Robert Milledge Charlton.jpg
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
May 31, 1852 – March 4, 1853
Preceded by John M. Berrien
Succeeded by Robert Toombs
Personal details
Born (1807-01-19)January 19, 1807
Savannah, Georgia
Died January 18, 1854(1854-01-18) (aged 46)
Savannah, Georgia
Political party Democratic

Robert Milledge Charlton (January 19, 1807 – January 18, 1854) was an American politician and jurist. He served as a Senator representing Georgia from 1852 to 1853.

Charlton was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 19, 1807. A lawyer by training, Charlton served in various positions at the city and state level in addition to his U.S. Senate term. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1828), and he was appointed and subsequently elected a judge of the Eastern Circuit of Georgia in 1832. Charlton was also appointed as a United States District Attorney.

He was appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John M. Berrien. Charlton served as the mayor of Savannah from 1839 to 1841. The father of Robert Charlton, Thomas U.P. Charlton, had previously served as the appointed mayor of Savannah in 1815 and again in 1819.

In 1829 Robert Charlton married Margaret Shick. Charlton ward, Savannah and Charlton County, Georgia are named after him. Charlton died in Savannah on January 18, 1854, the day before his 47th birthday, and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery in that city.


United States Senate
Preceded by
John MacPherson Berrien
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Georgia
May 31, 1852 – March 3, 1853
Served alongside: William C. Dawson
Succeeded by
Robert Toombs