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When the public or the Council pass the buck up to me I am going to act.

This is the earliest use of the “pass the buck” phrase in politics that we have found. The term originated in gambling. In a poker game, the “buck” was a physical object token that would be passed from player to player to indicate who was to deal.

William Dow, ~1850-?, Member of the Oakland, CA City Council (Republican), Oakland City Attorney, The Oakland Tribune, May, 1902

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William Dow was a British-born brewer and financier of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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