GADSDEN, Christopher (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.

Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume V, Miscellany, 1764-1792, 79 items.
Subjects covered in the papers include Christopher Gadsden.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the John de Neufville Papers, 1780-1789, 19 items.
Correspondents include Christopher Gadsden.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: n.d., 1 item.
An autograph conclusion to a deed signed by Christopher Gadsden.

Papers: 1780, 1 item.
A letter from Christopher Gadsden to General Benjamin Lincoln written on May 6, 1780. Christopher Gadsden writes about provisions for the army and citizens of Charleston, with mentions of Dr. Ramsay and Captain Cattell.

Papers: 1785, 1 item.
A petition signed by Christopher Gadsden in 1785.


The New York Public Library
Manuscripts and Archives Division
New York, NY
Papers: In the Samuel Adams Papers, 1635-1826, 2.5 linear feet.
Other authors include Christopher Gadsden. A finding aid is available in the repository. The papers are also available on microfilm.


South Carolina Historical Society
Charleston, SC
Papers: In the Charleston Courier Records, 1803-1848, 2 volumes.
A ledger listing clients' names, including Christopher Gadsden.

  • Dennis, Jeffrey W. "American Revolutionaries and Native Americans: The South Carolina Experience." Ph. D. diss., University of Notre Dame, 2003.
  • Gadsden, Christopher. The Writings of Christopher Gadsden, 1746-1805. Edited by Richard Walsh. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1966.
  • Godbold, E. Stanly, Jr., and Robert H. Woody. Christopher Gadsden and the American Revolution. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1982.
  • McDonough, Daniel J. "Christopher Gadsden and Henry Laurens: The Parallel Lives of Two American Patriots."Ph. D. diss., University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign, 1990.
  • ___. Christopher Gadsden and Henry Laurens: The Parallel Lives of Two American Patriots. Sellinsgrove, Pa.: Susquehanna University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2000.
  • Mettler Cecilia C. "A Biographical Sketch of Christopher Gadsden." Ph. D. diss., Cornell University, 1938.
  • Potts, James L. "Christopher Gadsden and the American Revolution." Ph. D. diss., Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University, 1958.
  • Renick, Edward Ireland. Christopher Gadsden. Harrisburg, PA.: Harrisburg Publishing Company, 1898.