Tammany Hall was a political organization that formed in 1789 in opposition to the Federalist Party. They dominated from 1854 to 1934 and were rendered extinct in 1966. The leadership of Tammany Hall was often identical to the local Democratic Party's executive committee, and Tammany used its power to get many Democratic candidates elected.
"The name Tammany Hall was synonymous with urban political disruption", according to Britannica Encyclopedia. Urban political machine refers to a party organization that exchanges patronage jobs or housing, especially among immigrant groups, for support at the polls.
Tammany amassed support from immigrants by promising better housing, jobs, and even assistance in obtaining citizenship so they could vote for Tammany candidates. Irish immigrants forced their right to membership in 1817 and since then never lost ties with Tammany.
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