See this dude here?
That’s Elbridge Gerry, proud son of the Commonwealth (God save it!) and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, non-signer of the Constitution (no Bill of Rights), former congresscritter and the fifth vice-president of the United States. In 1812, while serving as governor up here, the legislature presented Gerry with a bill redrawing the state senatorial districts in rather abstract ways. Gerry signed the bill. One of the districts in Essex County, according to the Boston Gazette, a local Federalist newspaper of the time, looked like a salamander.