Elbridge Gerry Quote
“The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots.”
Constitutional Convention Monday May 31 [FN1], 1787
Night Thoughts (1742-1745)
Born: July 17, 1744
Died: November 23, 1814 (aged 70)
Bio: Elbridge Thomas Gerry was an American statesman and diplomat. As a Democratic-Republican he was selected as the fifth Vice President of the United States, serving under James Madison, until his death a year and a half into his term.