Elbridge Gerry was a signatory on the Declaration of Independence. In 1810 he was elected the ninth governor of Massachusetts. Gerry was criticized for redistricting the state to give an advantage to his political party, the Democratic-Republican. This is the source of the term “gerrymandering.” Elbridge Gerry was elected the vice president of the United States in 1812 under Madison. In November 1814, he fell ill and died.
The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census. The number of Representatives is set by law at 435. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration. The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.
Elbridge Gerry was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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