Christopher Gadsden

Christopher Gadsden

Painting is a miniature by Charles Fraser in 1819, painted after Gadsden's death in 1805. Image courtesy of the History of South Carolina Slide Collection/Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association.

(1724-1805) Christopher Gadsden was a Charleston merchant who was a vocal advocate of American independence in South Carolina. Christopher Gadsden designed what is now known as the Gadsden flag, a yellow flag with a rattlesnake and legend “Don’t tread on me.”

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