The third, short-lived political party of the United States, formed in reaction to what happened to William Morgan in 1826. The party was concentrated in New England and gained most of its power in New York. The whole idea was that secret societies run counter to the democratic ideal, especially when oaths that might conflict with the Court oath to tell nothing but the truth. Candidates were elected solely based on whether they would attempt to eliminate secret societies, especially Freemasons. One particular elected official from the Anti-Masonic party would flip a coin to determine his vote unless the issue happened to involve Masons. The party died out in the mid 1830s.

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