Lot 167: Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1744–1814) who later served as vice president under James Madison. His name entered the language as a result of his support of politically advantageous redistricting, which became known as 'gerrymandering.' Partly-printed DS, filled out by Gerry incorporating his full name three times, "Elbridge Gerry," and signed "E. Gerry," one page, 8.25 x 13.25, June 24, 1806. Document concerning a real estate transaction. In part: "I Elbridge Gerry of Cambridge in the County of Middlesex Esquire in Consideration of three hundred dollars…I…grant, sell and convey…a lot of land containing about four acres more or less…being in Marblehead." Signed at the conclusion by Gerry, his wife Ann Gerry, and two of their children as witnesses. Also includes five letters from the Gerry family, dated from 1801 through 1814, including one from his son Elbridge Gerry, Jr., three from his daughter Catherine, and one from his other son Thomas. In very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds, small areas of paper loss where folds meet, some scattered staining, and show-though from docketing to reverse.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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