Person:Elbridge Gerry (1)

m. 16 Dec 1734
  1. Elbridge Gerry1744 - 1814
m. 12 Feb 1786
  1. Thomas Gerry
Facts and Events
Name Elbridge Gerry
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] 17 Jul 1744 Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 12 Feb 1786 New York City, New York, United Statesto Ann Thompson
Death[1] 23 Nov 1814 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Burial[1] Congressional Cemetery, District of Columbia, United States
Reference Number? Q219797?

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Elbridge Gerry (; July 17, 1744 (OS July 6, 1744) – November 23, 1814) was an American Founding Father, politician, and diplomat who served as the fifth vice president of the United States under President James Madison from 1813 until his death in 1814. The political practice of gerrymandering is named after him. He was the second vice president to die in office.

Born into a wealthy merchant family, Gerry vocally opposed British colonial policy in the 1760s and was active in the early stages of organizing the resistance in the American Revolutionary War. Elected to the Second Continental Congress, Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation. He was one of three men who attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 who refused to sign the United States Constitution because it did not include a Bill of Rights at the time it was signed. After its ratification, he was elected to the inaugural United States Congress, where he was actively involved in the drafting and passage of the Bill of Rights as an advocate of individual and state liberties.

Gerry was at first opposed to the idea of political parties and cultivated enduring friendships on both sides of the political divide between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans. He was a member of a diplomatic delegation to France that was treated poorly in the XYZ Affair, in which Federalists held him responsible for a breakdown in negotiations. Gerry thereafter became a Democratic-Republican, running unsuccessfully for Governor of Massachusetts several times before winning the office in 1810. During his second term, the legislature approved new state senate districts that led to the coining of the word "gerrymander"; he lost the next election, although the state senate remained Democratic-Republican. Gerry was nominated by the Democratic-Republican party and elected as vice president in the 1812 election. Advanced in age and in poor health, Gerry served 20 months of his term before dying in office. He is the only signatory of the Declaration of Independence buried in Washington, D.C.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Elbridge Gerry, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Elbridge Gerry, in Find A Grave.
  3. Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1903-08)

    GERRY..Elbridge, s. Thomas and Elizabeth,[born] July 17, 1744.

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