Elbridge Gerry

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  • Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) governor of Massachusetts
  • In 1776 Gerry was a member of the Continental Congress, where he focused on military and financial matters. In 1789 he was elected to the first Congress. In 1810 he took office in Massachusetts as governor. In 1813 he served as James Madison's vice president.
  • Although Gerry began the convention as an advocate of a strong central government, he refused to sign the Constitution because he believed that it produced and worked against ratification in his home state.
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