James Taggart was a former general, senator and president of the Terran Confederation, and served in the Terran-Kilrathi War. He was born in 2609 on Ares, a self-sufficient space station orbiting Venus in the Sol system. His parents were terraforming engineers from Wick, Scotland, Earth, although James’ Scottish accent is known to fade when he is concentrating on important matters.
James served on the TCS Tiger's Claw as a pilot, flying since about 2634, with the callsign Paladin. On 2654.137, Taggart and Jeannette “Angel” Devereaux launched from the Tiger’s Claw in Hornets to rescue "Valkyrie", a pilot under attack by Krant fighters in the Chengdu system. Later on the same day, they flew again in Hornets to escort an Exeter-class destroyer to the Ymir jumppoint, and again to defend the Tiger’s Claw from six Gratha.