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Title Elbridge Gerry document set
Date 1786 August 11 [letter]; n.d. [engraving]
Description 1 item - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter and engraving
People Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Bowdoin, James, 1726-1790
Search Terms Declaration of Independence Signers
Continental Congress
Articles of Confederation
Vice Presidents
Annapolis Convention
Scope & Content Elbridge Gerry document set. 1 item - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter and engraving.

A.L.S., 1786 August 11, Cambridge, [Massachusetts] to James Bowdoin, [Boston, Mass.] declining appointment as a commissioner to the Annapolis Convention. At this time (1786), Bowdoin was Governor of Massachusetts.

Elbridge Gerry portrait engraving. "Elbridge Gerry" in block letters beneath engraving.

Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814): Born 17 July 1744 in Marblehead, Massachusetts Bay, British America; died 23 November 1814 in Washington, D.C.; buried at Congressional Cemetery. Delegate to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts, 1776-80, 1782-85; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; signer, Articles of Confederation, 1777; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1786; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1789-93; Governor of Massachusetts, 1810-12; defeated, 1801, 1812; Vice President of the United States, 1813-14.

Admin/Biographical History John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.