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. Philips Churchyard.
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