Thomas Russell Gerry

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Thomas Russell Gerry
Born December 8, 1794
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died October 8, 1848(1848-10-08) (aged 53)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Hannah Green Goelet
(m. 1830;her death 1845)
Children Elbridge Thomas Gerry
Almy Goelet Gerry
Parent(s) Elbridge Gerry
Ann Thompson
Relatives Robert Livingston Gerry (grandson)
Peter Goelet Gerry (grandson)

Thomas Russell Gerry (December 8, 1794 – October 8, 1848) was an American sailor who was active in the Sons of the American Revolution and was a son of the 5th U.S. Vice President Elbridge Gerry. [1]

Sons of the American Revolution organization

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is an American congressionally chartered organization, founded in 1889 and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. A non-profit corporation, it has described its purpose as maintaining and extending "the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, [and] the unifying force of 'e pluribus unum' that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people."

Elbridge Gerry United States diplomat and Vice President; Massachusetts governor

Elbridge Gerry was an American statesman and diplomat. As a Democratic-Republican he served as the fifth vice president of the United States under President James Madison from March 1813 until his death in November 1814. He is known best for being the namesake of gerrymandering.


Early life

Gerry was born on December 8, 1794 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was one of ten children born to Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814), a Founding Father, Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Vice President, and Ann (née Thompson) Gerry (1763–1849), who was near twenty years his father's junior. [2] At his parent's wedding, his father's best man was his good friend James Monroe. [3]

Cambridge, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Founding Fathers of the United States Group of Americans who led the revolution against Great Britain

The Founding Fathers of the United States, or simply the Founding Fathers, were a group of philosophers, politicians, and writers who led the American Revolution against the Kingdom of Great Britain. Most were descendants of colonists settled in the Thirteen Colonies in North America.

James Monroe 5th president of the United States

James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. A member of the Democratic-Republican Party, Monroe was the last president of the Virginia dynasty, and his presidency coincided with the Era of Good Feelings. He is perhaps best known for issuing the Monroe Doctrine, a policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas. He also served as the governor of Virginia, a member of the United States Senate, the U.S. ambassador to France and Britain, the seventh Secretary of State, and the eighth Secretary of War.

His maternal grandfather Charles Thompson was a wealthy New York merchant who served as secretary of Congress. [4] [3] His paternal grandparents were Thomas Gerry (1702–1774), a merchant who operated ships out of Marblehead, [5] and Elizabeth (née Greenleaf) Gerry (1716–1771), the daughter of a successful Boston merchant. [6]

Marblehead, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Marblehead is a coastal New England town in Essex County, Massachusetts. Its population was 19,808 at the 2010 census.


On December 6, 1814, Gerry was appointed and served as a midshipman [7] in the United States Navy. [8] His brother, James Thompson Gerry (1797–1854), was commander of the USS Albany, a United States Navy war sloop, when it was sunk on September 28, 1854. [9] In November 1818, [10] his mother Ann wrote to the Smith Thompson, Secretary of the Navy, soliciting his promotion and expressing thanks for the promotion of his elder brother, Elbridge Gerry Jr. (1793–1867) [11] In February 1822, his brother Elbridge also wrote to the Secretary of the Navy recommending his Thomas' promotion to Lieutenant. [10]

A midshipman is an officer of the junior-most rank, in the Royal Navy, United States Navy, and many Commonwealth navies. Commonwealth countries which use the rank include Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Kenya.

United States Navy Naval warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 319,421 personnel on active duty and 99,616 in the Ready Reserve, the Navy is the third largest of the service branches. It has 282 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of March 2018, making it the second largest and second most powerful air force in the world.

USS <i>Albany</i> (1846)

USS Albany, the first United States Navy ship of that name, was built in the 1840s for the US Navy. The ship was among the last of the wooden sloops powered by sail and saw extensive service in the Mexican War. Before and after her combat service, Albany conducted surveillance and observation missions throughout the Caribbean. In September 1854, during a journey along the coast of Venezuela, Albany was lost with all hands on 28 or 29 September 1854. Included among the 250 men lost were several sons and grandsons of politically prominent men.

On January 13, 1825, Gerry was promoted to lieutenant. [12] Gerry resigned from the Navy as a lieutenant on August 27, 1833, [13] a few years after his marriage. [4]

Lieutenant is a commissioned officer rank in many nations' navies. It is typically the most senior of junior officer ranks. The rank's insignia usually consists of two medium gold braid stripes and often the uppermost stripe features an executive curl.

Personal life

Ancestry of son-in-law Federic Gallatin, compiled from Life of Albert Gallatin, by Henry Adams, 1879, History of Nicholson family, by Byam Kerby Stevens, 1911, and other sources, revised by Colonel William Plumb Bacon. Published 1916 by Press of T.A. Wright in New York, N.Y. FamilyTree2.jpg
Ancestry of son-in-law Federic Gallatin, compiled from Life of Albert Gallatin, by Henry Adams, 1879, History of Nicholson family, by Byam Kerby Stevens, 1911, and other sources, revised by Colonel William Plumb Bacon. Published 1916 by Press of T.A. Wright in New York, N.Y.

On June 30, 1830, [4] Gerry was married to Hannah Green Goelet (1804–1845), the daughter of Peter P. Goelet and Almy (née Buchanan) Goelet. She was the aunt of Robert Goelet (1841–1899), a businessman and yachtsman, [14] and the granddaughter of Peter Goelet (1727–1811), a merchant and real estate developer. [15] Her brother, Peter Goelet (1800–1879), left part of his vast estate to their son Elbridge. [16] Together, they were the parents of: [17]

Robert Goelet was an American heir, businessman and yachtsman from New York City during the Gilded Age.

Peter Goelet was a merchant and real estate entrepreneur of New York City.

Gerry died on October 8, 1848 in New Rochelle, New York. At the time of his death, his children were very young and had to be raised by their mother. [27]


Through his son Elbridge, he was the grandfather of Angelica Livingston Gerry (1871–1960), [28] who died unmarried; [29] Mabel Gerry (1872–1930), [28] who married Francis Saxham Elwes Drury (1859–1937); [30] Robert Livingston Gerry, Sr. (1877–1957), who married Cornelia Averell Harriman (1884–1966), the second daughter of railroad executive E. H. Harriman and his wife Mary Williamson Averell; [31] and Peter Goelet Gerry (1879–1957), U.S. Representative and Senator from Rhode Island, who was married to Mathilde Townsend and, later, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser (1873–1958), the widow of George Washington Vanderbilt II (1862–1914). [15]

Through his daughter Almy, [25] he was the grandfather of Almy Goelet "Amy" Gallatin (1868–1935), who married Howland Pell (1856–1937); [32] [33] [34] Rolaz Horace Gallatin (1871–1948), [35] who married Emily Lorillard Morris (b. 1873); [36] [37] Jean Buchanan Gallatin (b. 1873), who married George Philip Cammann (1861–1920); [38] Goelet Gallatin (1877–1962), [39] who married Edith Church Post (b. 1882), a step-sister of Regis Henri Post; Albert Gallatin (b. 1880); and Mary "May" Gallatin (1882–1944), who married William Warner Hoppin Jr. (1878–1948), [40] a grandson of Gov. William Warner Hoppin, in 1902. [41]

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