In 1812, an electoral district similar in shape to a salamander was mocked by the editors of the Boston Gazette. The text is believed to have been written by Nathan Hale, Benjamin Russell, and John Russell. Illustrated with a cartoon by Elkanah Tisdale, they dubbed it the “Gerry-mander” for the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry.
That might have been the first gerrymander, but it wasn’t the last. Since then, politicians have found it much easier to stay in office when they select which voters will pick them. Today, we find some incredible examples of gerrymandered congressional districts in the USA. In fact, we have so many available, it’s possible to create a font with 26 complete letters.
It’s called Ugly Gerry. You can download and install it today. Here’s a sample.