Gadsden Christopher (1724--1805), an American Revolutionary War patriot. Gadsden was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He became a wealthy merchant and political leader, serving in the Stamp Act Congress (1765) and the First Continental Congress (1774--76). He was a brigadier general in the Continental Army, 1776--78. Gadsden later served in the South Carolina state legislature. His grandson, James Gadsden, negotiated the Gadsden Purchase.