Born in New York City in 1841, Haight received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1861 and enlisted in the Union Army in the following year. After his discharge, Haight returned to New York to work for Emlyn Little, a fellow soldier. Haight opened his private practice in New York in 1867. Haight received numerous commissions for residential and institutional work, and was the principal architect of the Midtown New York City campus of Columbia College in the 1870s and 1880s. He was also the primary architect for the Trinity Corporation, designing warehouses and apartment houses throughout New York City. Much of Haight's work was in the Collegiate Gothic style, which served well for commissions for Union Theological Seminary in New York City; St. Stephen's College (now Bard College) in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Keney Memorial Tower in Hartford, Connecticut; and the Vanderbilt Dormitory at Yale University, among others. Haight retired from practice in the 1910s and died at his home in Garrison, New York, in 1917.