Meadville Academy Trustees minutebook 1807-1864
The Society of Tammany, a political organization, was formed in New York City in 1789. Its name derived from that of Tammanend, a Delaware Indian chief, and it was also known as the "Society of Tammany, or Columbian Order" and as "Tammany Hall." The group became associated with the Democratic Party shortly after its establishment, and gained influence in city and state politics throughout the 1800s. Tammany Hall's popularity resulted in part from its appeal to immigrants from Ireland and other countries. Though its political power declined in the mid-20th century, Tammany Hall was an influential force in New York politics throughout most of the 1800s and early 1900s.