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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Buncombe, (search)
Buncombe, Mere talk, or speaking for the gratification of constituents. It is said the word received this meaning from a remark of Felix Walker, representative to Congress from North Carolina, 1817-23. While making a speech in the Missouri compromise debates with little relevancy, as the House thought, he asserted it did not matter, as he was making a speech for Buncombe, one of the counties he represented.