GERRY, Elbridge, Congress, ME (1813-1886)


GERRY, Elbridge, (grandson of Elbridge Gerry [1744-1814]), a Representative from Maine; born in Waterford, Oxford County, Maine, December 6, 1813; pursued an academic course and attended Bridgton Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in Waterford; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1840; appointed United States commissioner in bankruptcy in 1841; prosecuting attorney for Oxford County 1842-1845; member of the State house of representatives in 1846; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; moved to Portland, Maine, where he resumed the practice of law; died in Portland, Maine, April 10, 1886; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present