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Gen James Gadsden

Gen James Gadsden

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Dec 1858 (aged 70)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Plot 442
Memorial ID 36835622 · View Source
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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.

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  • Originally Created by: Saratoga
  • Added: 7 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36835622
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen James Gadsden (15 May 1788–26 Dec 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36835622, citing Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .