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The Gerrymander
Near this site stood the home of 
state senator Israel Thorndike, a 
merchant and privateers. During 
a visit here in 1812 by Governor 
Elbridge Gerry, an electoral 
district was oddly redrawn to 
provide advantage to the party 
in office.
Shaped by political intent rather than any natural 
boundaries, its appearance resembled a salamander. 
A frustrated member of the opposition party called it 
a gerrymander, a term still in use today.


Submitted by @jikamens  and  @sethlkap.

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