Elbridge Gerry

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Elbridge Gerry
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5th Vice-President of the United States
Term of office
March 4, 1813 - November 23, 1814
Political party Democratic-Republican
President James Madison
Preceded by George Clinton
Succeeded by Daniel D. Tompkins
Born July 17, 1744
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Died November 23, 1814
Washington, D.C.
Spouse Washington, D.C.

Elbridge Gerry was Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison from 1813 to 1814. He previously served as Governor of Massachusetts. The phrase "gerrymander" was coined because a new district (in Massachusetts) had been shaped like a salamander.[1]


  1. Fandex, Workman Publishing, 2002.