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.