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Rough and Ready Clubs

Rough and Ready Clubs were political organizations that arose spontaneously across the United States in support of Zachary Taylor's candidacy for president in 1848. They took their name from Taylor's nickname "Old Rough and Ready" bestowed upon him by his troops during the Second Seminole War. These clubs played a pivotal role in allowing Taylor to win the presidential election of 1848.

K. Jack Bauer, Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985), 94-95, 217-18.