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Elbridge Gerry

Gerry, Elbridge (1744–1814), U.S. politician for whom the gerrymander (arrangement of election districts virtually to ensure the success of a candidate) was named. He signed the Declaration of Independence and attended the Constitutional Convention (1787), was a member of Congress (1789–93), governor of Massachusetts (1810–12), and vice president under James Madison (1813–14).

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