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Gossett Family papers

Identifier: MS0272

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of papers of a prominent Charlotte family, mostly consisting of photographs and records regarding the commemoration of a bust donated to the U.S. Naval Academy museum in honor of Admiral Halsey.


  • 1890 - 1948


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Gossetts were a family that for several of its generations over many years were prominent in the cotton textile industry. James Pleasant Gossett (1860-1936) was a founding member of the Cotton Textile Institute and an owner of several textile mills. His son, Benjamin Brown Gossett, managed several of the family mills and during WWII some of these mills won the "E" award for excellence. Benjamin Gossett sold the majority of his stock to Textron in 1946 and retired from the industry the following year. James Pleasant Gossett (1860-1936) was a pioneer in the cotton textile industry. He was one of the founders of the Cotton Textile Institute and served on the board until his death. He was a former president of the American Cotton Manufacturers association. In 1936, he was chairman on the boards of the Chadwick-Hoskins company of Charlotte, Gossett Mills of Anderson, S.C. and of the Calhoun Mills of Calhoun Falls, S.C. He was also a director for several corporations, including the Piedmont and Northern railway. He was a trustee for Furman University at Greenville, S.C. James P. Gossett held other executive positions including president of Williamston Mills at Williamston, S.C. (one of the first groups to produce rayon); president and treasurer of Brogan Mill at Anderson, S.C.; president of Calhoun Mills, Calhoun Falls, S.C.; and president of Toxaway Mills at Anderson, S.C. In 1928, he organized the Gossett Mills of Anderson, S.C. consolidating the Williamston Mills; The Riverside Manufacturing Company in Anderson, S.C.; The Toxaway Mills; The Ladlassie Mills in Anderson, S.C.; The Gossett Dyeing and Finishing Company; and the Pendleton Cotton Mills, Pendleton, S.C. Benjamin Brown Gossett (1884-1951) was educated at Clemson college (1899-1901) and the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a midshipman in the Navy and as a Marine Corps lieutenant from 1903-1907. In 1913, he became the president of the Riverside and Toxaway Mills. He held the position of Federal Fuel Administrator for S.C. from 1917 to 1918. He was president of the American Cotton Manufacturers association in 1932-33. He stepped into his father’s position at Gossett Mills of Anderson, S.C. in 1935, taking on the responsibilities and goals of the company. Four Gossett plants, Riverside, Ladlassie, Toxaway and Pendleton won the “E” award during the war. Ladlassie, Riverside, and Pendleton were each awarded the excellence award five times. He also represented the textile industry at the War department conference in 1943. In 1946, the majority stock of the Gossett Mills was sold to Textron, Inc. for a reported $13,200,000. B.B. Gossett retired from the textile industry in 1947.


0.5 Linear Feet

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This collection is organized into two series: 1--Subject Files; 2--Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Stephanie Pettit, 2000.

Related Materials

Survey and research report on the Lambeth-Gossett House, 1987 May 4 (Manuscript 077 L35).

Processing Information

Processed by David Rhoton and James Kusik, 2002.

Gossett Family papers
David Rhoton and James Kusik
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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