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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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However, the city council says despite "the council's financial situation", it plans to hold a small event to present the Aldermen with their medals.
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Labour is likely to block all further attempts to elect Honorary Aldermen, whichever party they hail from.
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3d par.(80) Hugh de Buc quit John Vokcraven, citizen of Ypres, of three marcs that he was obliged to render in his capacity as security for Hugh de Herseles and for Hugh's wife, Margaret.(81) On 11 November 1281, the aldermen of Bruges gave Jacob Louchart and his wife Margareta, citizens of Arras, a life rent.(82) For both men and women, the interests at stake here were not so much individual as corporate in nature.
Only ten, maybe twelve, of the City Council's fifty aldermen shared Washington's interest in both minority concerns and reforms having little to do with race.
Charles aldermen voted 6-3 to begin the process of amending the city code to allow for two dispensaries, as long as they're linked to an established medical marijuana business, among other regulations.