Elbridge Gerry

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Birthday
17, 1744
Birthplace
Marblehead, MA
Death Date
Nov 23, 1814 (70)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
17, 1744
Birthplace
Marblehead, MA
Death Date
Nov 23, 1814 (70)

About

Fifth Vice President of the United States who served under James Madison from 1813 to 1814. He was previously the 9th Governor of Massachusetts from 1810 to 1812.

Before Fame

He started out in the Massachusetts legislature, setting up a shadow government opposed to Britain's rule.

Trivia

He is known best for being the namesake of gerrymandering, a process by which electoral districts are drawn with the aim of aiding the party in power.

Family Life

His father was one of the richest men in the 13 Colonies.

Associated With

He ran for governor of Massachusetts after the Revolution, but was defeated by John Hancock.