Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


(mŭg`wŭmps'), slang term in U.S. political history for the Republicans who in 1884 deserted their party nominee, James G. BlaineBlaine, James Gillespie,
1830–93, American politician, b. West Brownsville, Pa. Early Career

Blaine taught school and studied law before moving (1854) to Maine, where he became an influential newspaper editor.
..... Click the link for more information.
, to vote for the Democratic nominee, Grover ClevelandCleveland, Grover
(Stephen Grover Cleveland), 1837–1908, 22d (1885–89) and 24th (1893–97) President of the United States, b. Caldwell, N.J.; son of a Presbyterian clergyman.
..... Click the link for more information.


See L. W. Peterson, The Day of the Mugwump (1961).


Republican party members who voted independently. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 337]
References in periodicals archive ?
The Mugwump has traded in Durham for 50-and-a-half years, and was founded when the 52-year-old Foreign Secretary was still in nappies.
Could Peter Jackson, whose wife Jean is one of the co-founders, fill us in on what mugwump actually means?
If this potential seems to point beyond how the human has been conventionally conceived, the new flesh of the Mugwumps thus nonetheless holds potential for generation.
Dobson, "George William Curtis and the Election of 1884: The Dilemma of the New York Mugwumps," New York Historical Society Quarterly 52 (1968): 215-34; Richard E.
bimetallism, Mugwumps, protective tariffs), most listeners will find this challenging because of the fast-paced reading.
Long before Trent Lott and John Ashcroft accused Bush Administration opponents of aiding the enemy, McKinley's men shouted down the small group of Mugwumps and members of the Anti-Imperialist League, who were opposed to an America that projected its ideals abroad by force without considering the consequences.
67) On the child labor amendment proposed in the early 1920s, see Bill Kauffman, The Child Labor Amendment Debate; or, Catholics and Mugwumps and Farmers, 10 J.
In contrast to the more cautious mugwumps, Progressive muckrakers readily used sensational exposes to make their case against urban vice.
16] Indeed, the municipal corruption of the past produced statewide mobilization of both Mugwumps (Liberal Republican) and Progressives.
Seldom have voters faced a choice between two such contrasting personalities: the charming yet tainted Plumed Knight from Maine, adored by legions of Blainiacs but detested by Mugwumps and other self-styled reformers, versus the plodding New York governor whose supporters construed his brief public career into an image of reform.
Wyatt-Brown's argument portrays clerics on the eve of the Civil War as quintessential mugwumps who were feverishly searching for a middle ground on the issue of slavery.
Most of the Mugwumps lived in Northeastern states such as Massachusetts and New York.