Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry (July 17, 1744 - November 23, 1814) was an influential Massachusetts politician during the Revolutionary and Early Republican periods. Best-known today as the "inventor" of gerrymanderingGerrymander verb
To manipulate the boundaries of an electoral district to the advantage of one party.
, Gerry represented Massachusetts in the Second Continental Congress, signing the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Gerry would go on to attend the Constitutional Convention, where he was an active proponent of the Bill of Rights, and served as Governor of Massachusetts and Vice President of the United States under Madison.1

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