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SummaryEdit

A group of Republicans who fled their party and supported the Democrats during the 1884 election.

Exact DefinitionEdit

The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the presidential election of 1884. Some became Democrats or independents, while some eventually went back to the Republicans.

ImportanceEdit

They switched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine.  

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