Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saltonstall and Gerrymandering

This historical marker on Mount Auburn Street near Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge identifies for whom is stands. It explains why there is a state office building on Cambridge Street in Boston called the Saltonstall Building. But it does not reveal that Elbridge Gerry was the man for whom the practice of gerrymandering voting districts is named. When he was Governor of Massachusetts his party - the Democratic-Republicans - redistricted the state in 1812.

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