Elbridge Gerry
Updated: 1/8/2020
Elbridge Gerry
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  • Early life
  • I graduated from college to become a merchant. Then a legislature in Massachusetts.
  • Declaring independence from Great Britain
  • The Revolutionary War
  • I will become a follower and enlist the colonial activities preceding the American Revolution.
  • Elbridge was a member of the Massachusetts legislature and general court. He also served on a committee of correspondence.
  • The constitution of the United States
  • Gerry was also a member of the congress. He signed and voted for both the declaration of independence and the articles of confederation. In 1787 he consented to be a delegate to the federal constitutional convention.
  • Controversies
  • In 1772 Gerry was elected to the Massachusetts general court, where he became a follower to John Adams, who enlisted him in the colonial activities preceding the American Revolution.
  • Interesting info about Elbridge Gerry
  • He signed and voted for both the declaration of independence and the articles of confederation. He opposed the leaders who were anxious to consolidate power in the proposed central government and had refused to sign the completed constitution.
  • When Gerry stayed behind in Paris for the vain hope that was offered to him by Talleyrand, he had been refused to Marshall and Pinckney. Gerry brought a storm of abuse and censure from federalist partisans, which Gerry never fully cleared himself.
  • Elbridge Gerry was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1810 and in 1811 he was reelected. Elbridge Gerry died in 1914 from a hemorrhage in his lungs while still being the vice president.
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