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dough·face

 (dō′fās)
n.
A Northerner who sided with the South in the US Civil War, especially a member of Congress who supported slavery.

[Coined by John Randolph (1773-1833), American plantation owner and Congressional representative from Virginia who condemned the cowardice of Northern politicians who abetted the spread of slavery despite their abolitionist principles by likening such politicians to people wearing masks of dough who are frightened by their own appearance : dough (in reference to the masks made of dough worn by mummers in traditional American celebrations) + face.]

doughface

(ˈdəʊˌfeɪs)
n
1. a mask made of dough
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) derogatory informal US someone who is easily moulded, esp a Northern Democrat who sided with the South in the American Civil War

dough•face

(ˈdoʊˌfeɪs)

n.
(before and during the Civil War) a Northerner who sympathized with the South, or a Northern politician who was not opposed to slavery in the South.
[1825–30, Amer.]
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91) From 1789 until 1861, slaveowners and their northern doughface (92) allies dominated Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court.
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In the 1840s and 1850s, this majority was supplemented by northern doughface justices, like Samuel Nelson, Robert Grier, and Levi Woodbury, who almost always voted to support slavery.
However, even when the Court had a northern majority, Justice Henry Baldwin of Pennsylvania was a solid doughface Democrat who always voted to support slavery, thus giving supporters of slavery a majority on the court in every term except 1835 when there was an even three-three split.
This was clearly a reference to northern doughfaces.
The classic doughfaces were Presidents Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan.
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