Elbridge Gerry was embroiled in many controversies during his political career. He remains an enigma to this day. He was considered to be a gentleman with pleasant manners, but was never very popular. He was Patriot who supported independence but came from the aristocracy. He was a meticulous and successful businessman who was considered to be beyond reproach, yet he practiced questionable politics. He was a pious Christian unwavering in his faith, but he frequently changed his mind on important issues. He switched views on the central government several times, however, he remained loyal to James Madison when most others turned on him. Although his actions are questionable, his integrity and Patriotism cannot be questioned.
Oliver Wolcott was a descendant of devout Puritans who emigrated to the colonies to escape persecution and honored their Creator through distinguished service in the militia and government. Like his ancestors, Wolcott distinguished himself on the field and in the legislative halls. Three generations of Wolcotts served as Connecticut governors, legislators and militia leaders. Although trained in medicine, he excelled in military matters, diplomacy, law and government. He was a deeply religious family man that lived a long life serving his Lord through service to his brethren. Like many of the Founders, he was very well read and extraordinarily able in any pursuit. Wolcott served this country with honor, dignity and integrity inspired by his Christian faith.
Richard Stockton was a charming young patrician who sacrificed all that he had for liberty. He signed The Declaration of Independence and within a few months was imprisoned while moving his family to safety. The British tortured Stockton and treated him with extreme brutality because he had signed the document. As an aristocrat, Stockton had much to lose – his position, his estate, his fortune, his family, and his life. The path to liberty, cost him all but his family. Because of his ill-treatment, Stockton died at the young age of 51.