(also Tammany Hall)
Definition of Tammany
- (in the US) a powerful organization within the Democratic Party that was widely associated with corruption. Founded as a fraternal and benevolent society in 1789, it came to dominate political life in New York City in the 19th and early 20th centuries, before being reduced in power by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the early 1930s.
named after an American Indian chief of the late 17th century, said to have welcomed William Penn, and regarded as ‘patron saint’ of Pennsylvania and other northern colonies