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Gen James Gadsden
Birth: May 15, 1788
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 26, 1858
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

US Army General, Ambassador to Mexico. A graduate of Yale, he served in the War of 1812 and was appointed aide-de-camp to General Andrew Jackson. After the war he became a planter in Florida and was a member of the State Legislature. In 1853 Gadsden was appointed Ambassador to Mexico during the Franklin Pierce administration, and was directed by the President to negotiate a treaty to purchase a large portion of northern Mexico so a transcontinental railroad could be continued westward along a southern route. Eventually an agreement was reached and the purchase ratified by the Senate in 1854. That acquisition came to be known as the "Gadsden Purchase". The area now makes up southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico.  (bio by: Saratoga) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Philip Gadsden (1761 - 1824)
  Catherine Edwards Gadsden (1767 - 1814)
 
 Spouse:
  Susannah Gibbs Hart Gadsden (1786 - 1858)
 
 Siblings:
  Christopher Edward Gadsden (1785 - 1852)*
  John Gadsden (1787 - 1831)*
  James Gadsden (1788 - 1858)
  Mary E. Gadsden Edwards (1791 - 1819)*
  Rebecca Harriet Gadsden (1795 - ____)*
  Thomas Gadsden (1796 - 1871)*
  Philip Gadsden (1798 - 1870)*
  Fisher Gadsden (1805 - 1870)*
  Alexander Edwards Gadsden (1807 - 1864)*
  Octavius Holmes Gadsden (1809 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: 442
 
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Originally Created by: Saratoga
Record added: May 07, 2009
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