Elbridge Gerry Document Signed as Governor of Massachusett...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionElbridge Gerry Document Signed as Governor of Massachusetts. Two pages, 8.25" x 10", Boston, Massachusetts; January 23, 1812. An order commanding "... Edward Pynchon to pay four hundred and twenty eight Dollars and ninety Cents in full of the balance of his Account adjusted this day..." Signed, "E. Gerry." Countersigned by Secretary Benjamin Homans and Treasurer Jonathan L. Austin.
Elbridge Gerry remained active in the early stages of organizing the resistance in the American Revolutionary War. Elected to the Second Continental Congress, he signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Gerry was one of three men who attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 who refused to sign the United States Constitution because it did not then include a Bill of Rights. After its ratification, he was elected to the United States Congress, where he was actively involved in the drafting and passage of the Bill of Rights. Gerry was a member of a diplomatic delegation to France that was involved in the XYZ Affair. He became a Democratic-Republican and later served as governor of Massachusetts (1810-1812) and Vice President of the United States (1813-1814) under James Madison. He is known best for being the namesake of gerrymandering, a process by which electoral districts are drawn with the aim of aiding the party in power.
Condition: Toned with light soiling and foxing. Smoothed folds.
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