Cartoon, "The Gerry-Mander", 1813


The “Gerry-Mander” cartoon first appeared in the Boston Gazette, March 26, 1812, and was quickly reprinted in Federalist newspapers in Salem (this copy is from the Salem Gazette from April 2, 1813) and Boston. The cartoon expressed opposition to state election districts newly redrawn by Massachusetts’ Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican Party, led by Governor Elbridge Gerry. Fearing that the Federalist Party would gain power in the 1812 election, Gerry consolidated Federalist voting strength in a salamander-shaped voting district. The practice—though not invented by Gerry—became known as a “gerrymandering.

Date Made: 1813

General Subject Association: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Honorable Michael V. DiSalle in memory of Thomas H. Williams

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.305360.101Catalog Number: 305360.101Accession Number: 305360

Object Name: Newspaper

Physical Description: paper (overall material)white, black (overall color)Measurements: overall: 19 in x 11 1/4 in; 48.26 cm x 28.575 cm


Record Id: nmah_509530

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