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Someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884.
A neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics).  Synonyms: fencesitter, independent.

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"Mugwump" Quotes from Famous Books

... assumption that it will improve matters. "I don't have any disk space left." "Well, why don't you defenestrate that 100 megs worth of old core dumps?" 4. Under a GUI, the act of dragging something out of a window (onto the screen). "Next, defenestrate the MugWump icon." 5. [proposed] The requirement to support a command-line interface. "It has to run on a VT100." ...
— The Jargon File, Version 4.0.0

... caste, and law by appeals to morality or constitutional agitation for Liberal reforms, made common cause with the starving wage-working class, and resorted to armed rebellion, which reached Dresden in 1849. Had Wagner been the mere musical epicure and political mugwump that the term "artist" seems to suggest to so many critics and amateurs—that is, a creature in their own lazy likeness—he need have taken no more part in the political struggles of his day than Bishop took in the English Reform agitation of 1832, or Sterndale Bennett in the Chartist or Free ...
— The Perfect Wagnerite - A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring • George Bernard Shaw

... the goods and bought them low, so that it was all right. But Whyland turned me over to Frank Thurber. Frank is the politician of the concern; the greenback, anti-monopoly, mugwump man! He beamed on me as if he was Venus rising out of the sea; patted me on the back; said I would own all of Michigan in a few years, and he was coming out to get some points from us wide-awake Westerners; then filled my pockets with his anti-monopoly speeches and papers, led ...
— A Man of Samples • Wm. H. Maher

Words linked to "Mugwump" :   political science, government, political leader, pol, politico, individualist, politics, fencesitter, politician

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