Elbridge Gary: A Life
Updated: 1/7/2020
Elbridge Gary: A Life
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  • Youthhood
  • Early Life
  • Wow! I can't believe I'm going to Harvard!
  • Role in Declaring Independence
  • We need more pay and equipment for our soldiers!
  • Elbridge Gerry was the third of twelve children. His father was a wealthy merchant that used to be a sea captain.
  • Role in the Revolutionary War
  • These supplies should help us win the war!
  • Elbridge went to Harvard at age 14, then joined the family business. This business was exporting dried fish, specifically cod, to Spain and Barbados.
  • Contributions to Creating America
  • Oh, how about this? We have the freedom of speech!
  • A member of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Elbridge served for 4 years, starting in 1776. He mainly focused on financial and military issues. He advocated for independence very early.
  • Contributions to Creating America (2)
  • I propose that we make a new law regarding tax.
  • Elbridge was one of the main suppliers of the Continental Army, using his own resources and contacts to supply battles.
  • Elbridge helped draft the Bill of Rights. He also fully supported the constitution post-ratification, but was wary of it at first because he thought it might cave in to a monarchy. But eventually, he gave it his full support.
  • After America gained their independence, Elbridge continued to support his country. He did this by serving 2 terms in Congress from 1789-1793.
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