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Elbridge T. Gerry papers, 1856-1912 

Gerry, Elbridge T (Elbridge Thomas), 1837-1927
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2.5 linear feet (2.5 linear feet 5 boxes)
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Biographical Note

Lawyer, philanthropist. Gerry was an 1857 graduate of Columbia College. He founded the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and was chairman of the legislative committee that abolished hanging in favor of the electric chair as capital punishment in New York State. He also worked with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was chairman for the New York City commission for the insane.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers, consisting primarily of correspondence, of Elbridege T. Gerry (1837-1927), 1857 graduate of Columbuia College and later famous as a lawyer and philanthropist. There are also documents concerning Columbia College Clasa of 1857, college notebooks, memorabilia, and manuscript copies of Gerry's essays and orations. a As secretary of the Columbia College Class of 1857, Gerry carried on a detailed correspondence with many of its members. The bulk of the Gerry Papers are these carefully preserved letters, many of which are of a personal, intimate nature, and documents concerning the activities of the class as a whole. Of special interest are letters from Right Rev. Daniel S. Tuttle and manuscript copies of several of Gerry's own essays and orations. Also, some of Gerry's Columbia College notebooks and memorabilia of Gerry's student days.