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Mugwump (Algonquin mugquomp, "a chief") denoted originally an Indian chief, hence a person of importance, aiid so a self-important person. The name was applied to the Republicans who, during the United States presidential election in 1884, supported the Democratic candidate, Mr. Cleveland, iii preference to the nominee of their own party, and is often used in the general sense of a person of independent views.