A new plaque was unveiled in Boston yesterday, commemorating the spot where Gov. Elbridge Gerry and State Sen. Israel Thorndike agreed on state senate districts that would keep their party in power. One of those districts is remembered, because it's odd shape reminded people of a salamander--only this one was named by Gerry's opponents a gerrymander, and so a legendary term was born.
At yesterday's unveiling, descendants of the original participants were there to commemorate the event. One of them, incredibly, bears the moniker Elbridge Gerry--a little like naming a kid Boss Tweed.
(By the way, the "G" in gerrymander is soft, but the eponymous governor pronounced his name with a hard "G." That's our trivia lesson for today.)