"bucktail" (member of a Democratic-Republican party faction), 1818 or 1823; not in OED

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Aug 21 00:49:22 UTC 2013

"Tammany Hall is one of the public hotels, and noted for the public
meetings of the democratic party, or Bucktails, as they are called."

Footnote 9, same page:  "From their wearing the tail of a buck in
their hats at an annual festivity."

Dated Dec. 1818 in running header.  John M. Duncan, _Travels through
Part of the United States and Canada in 1818 and 1819_ (Glasgow,
1823), II, 247.  GBooks (but not a GBhit).

"Bucktail" not in OED.


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