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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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When a position opened for a city alderman, I applied and, thanks to my legal experience and business experience, I was selected as alderman for Ward 5 in the city of Annapolis.
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Johnson was a former Worcester City Alderman and Councilor from 1939-1941, State Representative from 1947-1958 for the 17th Worcester District, and was an active member of the American Legion East Side 201, and the Greendale Dissabled American Veterans 319.
HATS OFF: City alderman AE Shennan and R Williams in Dale Street in 1951 about to set off on the campaign trail on a scooter' HORSE POWER: Toxteth Conservative candidate JR Bevins was pictured by the ECHO campaigning on a horse-drawn milk float in the election of 1951' BOXED IN: Clerks crouch in a dingy room checking rows of battered metal ballot boxes in this picture from the 1950s.
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.