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Encyclopedia > Elbridge Gerry (Maine)

Elbridge Gerry (1813-1886) was an American lawyer, who served as a U.S. Congressman from Maine from 1849 to 1851.

Gerry was born on December 6, 1813 in Waterford, Maine and was a grandson of former U.S. Vice-President Elbridge Gerry. After attending Brighton Academy he read for the law and was admitted to the bar in 1839.

He was elected to a single term in Congress as a Democrat in 1848. He didn’t seek to be renominated. After his term, he move to Portland, Maine and continued the practice of law. He died on April 10, 1886 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery there.

External link

  • Gerry’s biographic note at U.S. Congress website (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000138)

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