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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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Patrick, a former city alderman who served on Coventry City Council for almost three decades, died in 1992 at the age of 90.
Another son, Herbert Thompson became a city alderman and treasurer and vice-president of University College, Cardiff.
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Cabinet member for housing, Coun John Lines, formally handed over the land yesterday to Lord Mayor Coun Michael Wilkes, who is chairman of the trustees of the Alderson Trust, which is named after Bernard Alderson a city alderman in the 1930s.
Mr Kelly is a younger brother of the former city Alderman who died in June - a month after he suffered a mystery gunshot wound to the head.
Perhaps some annoyed city alderman had vented his frustration.
A five-term congressman who also served as a Chicago city alderman, Guitierrez is known nationally as an effective and energetic spokesman for the Latino community.
LAYTON Lougher, the 77year-old former Cardiff city alderman and wellknown lawyer, was a larger-than-life extrovert who loved life and was devoted to his family.
Mr Phillips, a former city alderman who served on Coventry City Council for nearly 30 years, died in 1992, aged 90.
A FORMER Cardiff City alderman and prominent lawyer has died after a long illness.
Anthony Kelly, brother of Limerick City Alderman Michael Kelly said his family believed there was a vendetta against them.