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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Tam′ma•ny Hall′ˈtæm ə ni(n.)

  1. a Democratic political organization in New York City, founded in 1789 as a fraternal society (Tam′many Soci`ety) and associated with corruption and abuse of power. Also called Tam′ma•ny.

    Category: Government

Origin of Tammany Hall:

after Tammany, 17th-cent. Delaware Indian chief, facetiously canonized as patron saint of America, c1770

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tammany Hall, Tammany Society, Tammany(noun)

    a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism

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  1. Tammany Hall

    Tammany Hall, also known as the Society of St. Tammany, the Sons of St. Tammany, or the Columbian Order, was a New York City political organization founded in 1786 and incorporated on May 12, 1789 as the Tammany Society. It was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in controlling New York City and New York State politics and helping immigrants, most notably the Irish, rise up in American politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. It controlled Democratic Party nominations and political patronage in Manhattan from the mayoral victory of Fernando Wood in 1854 through the election of John P. O'Brien in 1932. The Tammany Society was named for Tamanend, a Native American leader of the Lenape, and emerged as the center for Democratic-Republican Party politics in the City in the early 19th Century. The "Hall" serving as the Society's headquarters was built in 1830 on East 14th Street, marking an era when Tammany Hall became the city affiliate of the Democratic Party, controlling most of the New York City elections afterwards. The Society expanded its political control even further by earning the loyalty of the city's ever-expanding immigrant community, which functioned as a base of political capital. The Tammany Hall ward boss or ward heeler – "wards" were the city's smallest political units from 1686 to 1938 – served as the local vote gatherer and provider of patronage. Beginning in late 1845, Tammany power surged with the influx of millions of Irish immigrants to New York. From 1872, Tammany had an Irish "boss," and in 1928 a Tammany hero, New York Governor Al Smith won the Democratic presidential nomination. However, Tammany Hall also served as an engine for graft and political corruption, perhaps most infamously under William M. "Boss" Tweed in the mid-19th century.

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