Born today was Elbridge Gerry,
His public service roles did vary.*
Principled, he'd never pander.
His name survives in "gerrymander".**
* 1. Member of Continental Congress
2. Signer of Declaration of Independence
3. Signer of Articles of Confederation
4. Attendee of Constitutional Convention (1787)---Refused to sign without a Bill of Rights
5. Member of U.S. Congress
6. Special Envoy to France in the XYZ Affair
7. Governor of Massachusetts
8. Vice-President under James Madison
** "To divide into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible" [Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition] Present-day Texas with a Republican-dominated legislature is a classic example.
Gerrymander is an eponymous word---named after a person. A few other examples are : boycott, bloomers, lynching, mausoleum, masochist, Pennsylvania, atlas, and guy.