Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Tighe graduated from Fargo High School. He went to the University of Notre Dame briefly and then served in the United States Navy. He then received his bachelors and law degrees from the University of North Dakota and was admitted to the North Dakota bar. He then practiced law. He served as the Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 1965-1969 as a Democrat. He died in Bismarck, North Dakota.
- Charles Tighe-obituary-North Dakota Supreme Court News
- 'Charles Tighe,' Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota), December 17, 2004
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