(Encyclopedia) legislature, representative assembly empowered to enact statute law. Generally the representatives who compose a legislature are constitutionally elected by a broad spectrum of the? Elbridge Gerry's Objections (Letter to the Massachusetts Legislature)by E. GerryLandholder comments extensively on this letter.Boston, November 8.Hon. Mr. GERRY's Objections to signing the? (Encyclopedia) legislative apportionment, subdivision of a political body (e.g., a state or province) for the purpose of electing legislative representatives. In the United States, the Constitution? (Encyclopedia) initiative, the originating of a law or constitutional amendment by popular petition. It is intended to allow the electorate to initiate legislation independently of the legislature.? (Encyclopedia) Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765?1848, American political leader, b. Boston; nephew of James Otis. He practiced law in Boston, and was elected (1795) to the Massachusetts legislature. A? (Encyclopedia) Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, 1815?75, American politician, b. Huntsville, Ala. Moving to Texas in 1846, he served (1849) as attorney general, was a member of the legislature (1851?53),? (Encyclopedia) Hicks, Thomas Holliday, 1798?1865, American statesman, b. Dorchester co., Md. In 1857 he was elected governor of Maryland as a Know-Nothing. After the states of the lower South seceded? (Encyclopedia) Baylor, Robert Emmett Bledsoe b?l?r, 1793??1873, American jurist, founder of Baylor Univ., b. Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812, studied law, and served in the Kentucky? (Encyclopedia) Coty, Ren r?n? kt?, 1882?1962, French president (1954?59). From 1923 to 1940 he served in the legislature, first as a deputy and then as a senator. In 1940, when France fell to the? (Encyclopedia) bloc, parliamentary [Fr.,=block], group of legislators formed to support special interests. A bloc may form because of a specific issue and dissolve when that issue has been resolved,?