Definition of William Marcy Tweed from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

William Marcy Tweed

 
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(1823-78) a New York City political leader, known as 'Boss' Tweed, who became a symbol for dishonest behaviour in city politics. In the 1860s he was the leader of Tammany Hall and ran the 'Tweed Ring', which accepted millions of dollars illegally from companies wanting to do business with the city authorities. He was finally removed from office and died in prison.