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Barnburners Barnburners, radical element of the Democratic party in New York state from 1842 to 1848, opposed to the conservative Hunkers . The name derives from the fabled Dutchman who burned his barn to rid it of rats; by implication, the Barnburners would destroy corporations and public works to do away with the abuses they foster. Among their leaders were C. C. Cambreleng, Silas Wright , Azariah C. Flagg , and Samuel J. Tilden . Opposed to the extension of slavery, the Barnburners seceded from the Democratic state organization when the Hunkers captured the state convention at Syracuse in 1847. Refused recognition at the Democratic national convention of 1848, they nominated Martin Van Buren for President and endorsed the Free-Soil party candidate, Charles Francis Adams (1807–86), for Vice President. Largely because of this Democratic split, the Whig candidate, Zachary Taylor, defeated the regular Democrat, Lewis
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Unformatted text preview: Cass . After 1848 some Barnburners joined the Free-Soilers, who merged with the new Republican party; others returned to the Democratic party. Flagg, Azariah Cutting Flagg, Azariah Cutting, 1790–1873, American political leader, b. Orwell, Vt. He fought in the War of 1812, was editor of the Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Republican until 1825, and was elected (1823) to the New York state assembly. Flagg, a relentless Jeffersonian Democrat, was a leader of the Albany Regency and helped sustain its drive for political reforms. He served in New York as secretary of state (1826–32) and twice as state comptroller (1834–39, 1842–46). He opposed any form of federal banks and advocated ref orm of the New York state banking system. After 1846 he helped organize the Barnburners and was (1852–59) comptroller of New York City....
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