Elbridge Gerry

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Born Friday 17 July 1744, died Wednesday 23 November 1814

Professions: Diplomat, Politician, Statesman, Vice President

Nationality: American

What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.

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