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Christopher GADSDEN

(1723-1805)

GADSDEN, Christopher, a Delegate from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., February 16, 1723; attended schools in England; employed in a commercial house in Philadelphia, Pa., 1742-1745; delegate to the Stamp Act Congress that met in New York in 1765; Member of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa., 1774-1776; served as an officer in the Continental Army 1776-1783, and participated in the defense of Charleston in 1780; entered the service as colonel and subsequently attained the rank of brigadier general; was a framer of the State constitution in 1778; Lieutenant Governor 1778-1780; elected Governor of South Carolina in 1781, but declined; died in Charleston, S.C., September 15, 1805; interment in St. Philip’s Churchyard.

Bibliography

Godbold, E. Stanly, Jr., and Robert H. Woody. Christopher Gadsden and the American Revolution. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1982; Gadsden, Christopher. The Writings of Christopher Gadsden, 1746-1805. Edited by Richard Walsh. Columbia, S. C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1966.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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