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ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
     2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the peace. They are besides, in conjunction with the respective mayors or recorders, judges of the mayor's courts.
     3. Among the Saxons there was an officer called the ealderman. ealdorman, or aldernwn, which appellation signified literally elderman. Like the Roman senator, he was so called, not on account of his age, but because of his wisdom and dignity, non propter oetatem sed propter sapientism et dignitatem. He presided with the bishop at the scyregemote, and was, ex officio, a member of the witenagemote. At one time he was a military officer, but afterwards his office was purely judicial.
     4. There were several kinds of aldermen, as king's aldermen, aldermen of all England, aldermen of the county, aldermen of the hundred, &c., to denote difference of rank and jurisdiction.

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As you happen to be here,' said the Alderman to Toby, 'you shall carry a letter for me.
The Alderman cut him short by giving him the letter from his pocket.
Then the Alderman gave an arm to each of his friends, and walked off in high feather; but, he immediately came hurrying back alone, as if he had forgotten something.
She's much too handsome, my man,' repeated the Alderman.
Robert Shields, who served as a borough councillor for 20 years, has been made an Alderman, the highest award that can be made to a former councillor in recognition of exceptional service to the council.
Last week, the PNP, in coordination with United States Department of Homeland Security, arrested 58-year-old Robin Hoyt Alderman upon his arrival at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Mr Johnston, who was made an Alderman after he retired from the council six years ago, said the badges are an important symbol for those awarded the honour.
Alderman, retained because of its expertise in selling businesses in the aerospace and defense industry, arranged a transaction for Blue Wolf whereby the assets of EOI have been acquired by HGH Infrared Systems, Inc.
Ward 1 Alderman Josh Gamblin said that he thought it was important that city officials approve all posts before they go live on the site.
Alderman served as exclusive financial advisor to Aviation Repair Technologies in regard to these transactions.
A district judge told the 30-yearold that she had hoped to instil fear into the mind of Mr Alderman and his new partner during her harassment campaign which lasted a year.