Elbridge Gerry

As the third of twelve children from Marblehead, short and stuttering, Elbridge would take a back seat to no one. After graduating from Harvard in 1662, where in his Master’s address he argued for American resistance to the Stamp Act, he joined his father’s cod-fishing business and “amassed a considerable fortune.” Proving himself as a community leader led to election to the General Court of Massachusetts in 1773 and to a close friendship with John Adams and connection to various political action groups of the colony.