Elbridge Gerry had quite a life. Born on July 17, 1744, in Marblehead, Mass., he died 70 years later in Washington, D.C.
In the intervening years, Gerry graduated from Harvard University, where he immersed himself in classical studies.
A decade later, he was serving in the Colonial House of Delegates before going on to become a member of the Continental Congress.
It would be a dazzling political career that put Elbridge Gerry among that select group of American patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence and later among those who served in the new nation’s First and Second Congresses.
His final triumph came in 1812, when he was elected vice president of the United States under President James Madison.