Elton Tait was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1916. He received a bachelor's degree in 1937 in animal husbandry from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in rural sociology in 1962 from Cornell University.
He joined the Pennsylvania extension service in 1937 as an assistant county agent, serving until 1943, when he became extension radio editor. He later became involved with television, and worked in this area until 1960, when he was named assistant to the director for training. In 1963, he was promoted to assistant director of extension for the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Tait was a radio technician with Army Air Corps during World War II.
He was active on the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission and served as its secretary for a number of years. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Tau Alpha, Gamma Sigma Delta and Epsilon Sigma Phi. He has also been active in the Kiwanis Club and the Presbyterian church. He retired July 1, 1976.
In retirement, Tait works on the home farm with his two sons, growing Christmas trees and fruits and vegetables.