Elbridge Gerry (Maine)
From 1880's History of Cumberland Co., Maine.
|Member of U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maine's 1st district
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
|Preceded by||David Hammons|
|Succeeded by||Moses Macdonald|
|Member of the Maine House of Representatives|
1846 – 1847
|Preceded by||Josiah Monroe|
|Succeeded by||John Hill|
|Prosecuting Attorney for Oxford County|
|Clerk of the Maine House of Representatives|
1840 – 1841
|Preceded by||George Robinson|
|Succeeded by||George C. Getchell|
|Born||December 16, 1813|
|Died||April 10, 1886 (aged 72)|
|Resting place||Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Maine|
|Spouse(s)||Anna St. Clair Jenness (m. 1849)|
Gerry was born on December 6, 1813 in Waterford, Maine; he was the son of Peter and Mary "Polly" (Cutler) Gerry. He attended Bridgton Academy, and studied law with Judge Stephen Emery (who also served as Maine's Attorney General). Gerry was admitted to the bar in 1839 and established a practice in Waterford.
Gerry's father served in the Maine House of Representatives and in local offices including selectman and town meeting moderator. Gerry also served in local offices in Waterford, including town clerk (1842-1843), and town meeting moderator (1847, 1852).
He was clerk of the Maine House of Representatives in 1840, and was appointed a United States commissioner in bankruptcy in 1841. From 1842 to 1845 he was prosecuting attorney for Oxford County. In 1846 he served in the Maine House of Representatives, including holding the post of Speaker Pro tempore during the absence of Speaker Ebenezer Knowlton.
He was elected to a single term in Congress as a Democrat in 1848, and served from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1851. He did not run for reelection in 1850, and moved to Portland to continue the practice of law.
In 1849, Gerry married Anna St. Clair Jenness, the daughter of Richard and Caroline Jenness of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They were the parents of three children: Alice, Elbridge, and Elizabeth.
Alice Gerry (1850-1921) was the wife of Arthur Melville Patterson of Baltimore, Maryland. After his death, she married John Stewart, the grandson of David Stewart. After her 1913 divorce, she married Francis B. Griswold.
Elbridge Gerry (1853-1907) graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Maine and New York City before accepting appointment as vice consul in Le Havre, France in 1885. He remained in Europe after resigning in 1887, and died in Siena, Italy.
Elizabeth Jenness Gerry (1852-1912), was the wife of Greek diplomat Constantin Pangiris.
Many sources indicate that Elbridge Gerry (1813-1886) was the grandson of Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814). This seems to be in error; the ancestry of Elbridge Gerry (1813-1886) can be traced to his father Peter (1776-1847); Peter's father Nathaniel Gerry (or Geary) (1733-1791); Nathaniel's father Thomas; Nathaniel's grandfather, also named Thomas; and Nathaniel's great-grandfather Thomas Gery (or Gary).
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- Elbridge Gerry at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851