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Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 from Massachusetts. He later served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as James Madison's vice president during Madison's 2nd presidential term.

This is a second attempt by Elbridge Gerry to add trial by jury for civil cases at the end of Article 3, section 2, which discussed judicial power, and it was another attempt to include individual rights into the constitution.  However, the motion was rejected.

This motion was part of the debate whether to enumerate the rights of the people, and in the end, Gerry would not sign the new constitution because he felt there were insufficient protections.  However, this motion would be part of Article 10 in the Bill of Rights.
Annotated by bacraig on October 22, 2014