The Black Horse Cavalry was a bipartisan group of corruptionists in the New York state legislature which during the last quarter of the 19th century preyed particularly on corporations. It usually blackmailed by introducing bills against the corporations (strike bills) which would be killed if sufficient money were forthcoming. The group included around thirty state legislators whose votes could be purchased from the highest bidder. The Black Horse Cavalry are presumed to have been frequent visitors of William M. Tweed at his Delevan House lodgings in Albany while Tweed served as a state senator.
- Dictionary of American History by James Truslow Adams, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940
- THE ORIGIN OF THE "BLACK HORSE CAVALRY"; How the Sinister Name Came to be Applied to Certain of the Legislators at Albany. The New York Times, June 26, 1910
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