Definitions for stalwartˈstɔl wərt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
strong and brave; valiant.
(n.)a physically stalwart person.
a steadfast partisan:
Origin of stalwart:
1325–75; ME stalwurthe, OE stǣlwirthe serviceable
a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdy(adj)
having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
"hardy explorers of northern Canada"; "proud of her tall stalwart son"; "stout seamen"; "sturdy young athletes"
"the stalwart citizens at Lexington"; "a stalwart supporter of the UN"; "stout hearts"
used especially of persons
"a stalwart knight"; "a stouthearted fellow who had an active career in the army"
one who has a strong build
one who firmly supports a cause
Origin: From stalwart (= English stalworth). From Middle English stalwurthe, from Old English stǣlwierþe (“capable of standing in good stead, serviceable”), from stǣl (“fixed position, station”) + -wierþe (“-able”). Compare staddle, worth; see also stalwart. More at stalworth.
alt. of Stalworth
The "Stalwarts" were a faction of the United States Republican Party toward the end of the 19th century. Led by U.S. Senator Roscoe Conkling—also known as "Lord Roscoe"—Stalwarts were sometimes called Conklingites. Other notable Stalwarts include Chester A. Arthur and Thomas C. Platt, who were in favor of Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth President of the United States, running for a third term. They were the "traditional" Republicans who opposed Rutherford B. Hayes' civil service reform. They were pitted against the "Half-Breeds" for control of the Republican Party. The only real issue between Stalwarts and Half-Breeds was patronage. The Half-Breeds worked to get civil service reform, and finally created the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. Stalwarts favored traditional machine politics. During the Republican national convention in 1880, the Half-Breeds advocated the candidacy of James Blaine of Maine for President. A stalemate ensued between Half-Breeds and Stalwarts, and a compromise was struck by the Half-Breeds and supporters of John Sherman to nominate James Garfield, with Chester Arthur, former Collector for the Port of New York, as his running mate to satisfy the Stalwarts and ensure their support for the general election.
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