Elbridge GerryElbridge Gerry, (1744-1814) American statesman, diplomat, fifth Vice President of the United States (1813-1814) (Democratic-Republican)

Elbridge Gerry Quote

“Mr. Gerry contended that (the power of the Federal government to purchase lands within states) might be made use of to enslave any particular State by buying up its territory, and that the strongholds proposed would be a means of awing the State into an undue obedience to the Genl. Government...thus after the word ‘purchased’ the words ‘by the consent of the Legislature of the State’ (was added to the Enclave Clause).”

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~ Elbridge Gerry

Records of the Federal Convention, James Madison, Sept. 5, 1787

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