Origin of doughfacedough + face
Origin of doughfaceCoined 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
- (pejorative) a person, especially a politician, who is pliable, moldable like dough.
In the years leading up to the United States Civil War, "doughface" was used to describe Northerners who espoused sympathies with the Southern Slave Power. This would most likely be a Northern Democrat who was more allied with the ideology of Southern Democrats than that of the majority of Northerners.