Tammany Hall

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Headquarters of a political organization in New York City. Founded in 1789, it was named after a late 17th‐century Indian chief, and based its rites and ceremonies on pseudo‐Indian forms. It acquired, under the control of Aaron Burr, a political importance that endured until the 1950s. The word Tammany became synonymous with machine politics, graft, corruption, and other abuses in city politics.

Subjects: World History.

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