Phillip Henry Gadsden was an active member of the Charleston, South Carolina bar for many years, but his abilities have been most conspicuously displayed in the management and development of a number of well known state utility corporations, especially the Charleston Consolidated Railway and Lighting Company, of which he is president.
He was born at Charleston, October 4, 1867, member of one of the most conspicuous families in the state with a long history of service to it, most notably Revolutionary War hero and ratifier of the U.S. Constitution Christopher Gadsden. Another relative was James Gadsden of the Gadsden Purchase.
Philip was the son of Christopher and Florida Gadsden, his father having been a civil engineer by profession and at one time was second vice president of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway. Philip Henry Gadsden was educated in the Holy Communion Church Institute, later the Porter Military Academy, was graduated A. B. in 1888 from South Carolina College, and studied law in that school, being admitted to the bar in 1889. He was at first a clerk and afterward a partner of T. M. Mordecai, the firm being Mordecai & Gadsden.
Mr. Gadsden was elected vice president of the Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric Company in 1899. He was made president of the Roanoke Navigation & Water Power Company of Weldon, North Carolina, two years later became vice president of the Charleston Light & Water Company. He served as a member of the South Carolina Legislature from 1893 to 1898. He was elected vice president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1907 and in the same year was appointed by the mayor of Charleston to go to Germany to represent his home city on matters of immigration.
Mr. Gadsden was a Mason, a past chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, a democrat and a member of the Episcopal Church. In 1895 he married Miss Sallie Pilzer Inglesby, with whom he had two children before she died July 22, 1900. A second wife was named Estelle, with whom he moved to New York City and then later to Philadelphia.
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