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Sunday, July 04, 1999

Definitions for Whig

  1. A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
  2. One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.

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Citations for Whig
When the Whigs of America are thus multiplied, let the Princes of the earth tremble in their palaces. Samuel Johnson in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson
As soon as independence was announced, in 1776, to be the final object of the contest, the names Whig and Tory lost, in America, whatever of British significance they had ever possessed. A. Johnston, History of American Politics
Origin of Whig
1660-1670
Probably short for Whiggamore, a member of a body of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian rebels.
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