Christopher Gadsden and the Election Controversy

  • 2014

Christopher Gadsden and the Election Controversy

Author:
Jonathan Sierputowski
Abstract:

This paper focuses on the election of Christopher Gadsden prior to the American Revolution and how this particular election gave rise to the protest movement throughout Colonial South Carolina.

Gadsden's election in 1762 created a movement within the colonial government that started to challenge the British over various policies. As a result, Gadsden became one of the leaders of the protest movement and started to encourage others to resist the Crown. Due to Gadsden's following, he was elected to various organizations, such as the Stamp Act Congress and Continental Congress, where he continued to voice his sentiments towards the Crown and gained support from many of the northern radicals, such as Samuel Adams. He continued to push for the rights of the colonists until America eventually gained its independence. Gadsden's election created a spark within Colonial South Carolina that ignited the fires of protest throughout the colony that pushed many of the colonists towards revolution.