The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Rum, Romanism and Rebellion

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RUM, ROMANISM AND REBELLION, a phrase celebrated in American political history. At a meeting of clergy, in which all denominations were supposed to be represented, held in the Fifty Avenue Hotel, New York, during the Presidential campaign of 1884, in the interest of the Republicans, Rev. R. B. Burchard described the Democrats as the party of “Rum, Romanism and Rebellion.” This remark was unfortunate for the Republicans and helped in a great measure to win the election for the Democrats.