Anti-Masonic Party

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A US political party of the 1820s and 1830s opposed to Freemasons. Formed in 1826 in the wake of the disappearance of William Morgan, a New York bricklayer alleged to have divulged lodge secrets, the Anti‐Masonic Party was the product of hysteria, cleverly played upon by local politicians. It played an influential part in the politics of New York and surrounding states, and drew sufficient Whig support away from Henry Clay in the 1832 presidential election to help sweep President Andrew Jackson back into office.

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