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The personal and professional papers of Elbridge Gerry provide scholars of the Revolutionary and Federalist periods with a rare glimpse into the political philosophy of a man who staunchly supported "theoretical republicanism," almost to the opposition of the Constitution of the United States.
Gerry served in many political and military capacities before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. While always praised as efficient, business-like, and dedicated in his service, his strict adherence to his political and philosophical ideals caused him professional hardship and cost him many of his friends. Even so, he contributed to the drafting of and was a signator of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States of America. In later years, he served as Governor of Massachusetts, keeping his hand and keen intellectual mind involved in politics until the end of his life.
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