Guardians of the poor

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GUARDIANS OF THE POOR. The name given to officers whose duties are very similar to those of overseers of the poor, (q. v.) that is, generally to relieve the distresses of such poor persons who are unable to take care of themselves.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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South Shields Union Guardians of the Poor ran the soup kitchen where, pre social-security, assessors would decide on handouts for penniless folk on the streets.
Philadelphia called its appointees guardians of the poor. In North Carolina, they were known as wardens of the poor; voters in individual counties elected seven wardens of the poor from 1777 until 1917.
At the House of Industry - to give the workhouse its more formal title - the city's Guardians of the Poor Law chose 1906 to add a new children's block to the lodgings they provided in part of the old friary.
To keep costs low, the Strand Guardians of the Poor kept tight control of Rogers' referrals, only allowing them under really exceptional circumstances.
From 1837 a jumble of seven buildings in North Shields town centre served as a base for the Tynemouth Guardians of the Poor, a museum, town hall, mechanics' institute, fire engine garages, chapel, courts, police cells and council rates department.
"We have already had a blue plaque placed over the doorway that was once the entrance to the boardroom of the Guardians of the Poor at the Workhouse, and is now Sandwell General Hospital.
The asylum was founded in 1797 by the Guardians of the Poor as an industrial residence and school for 250 children.
Seaton Holme was bought by the Guardians of the Poor and became a children's home.
The Key Hill site was identified and purchased by the Birmingham General Cemetery Company from the Guardians of the Poor in 1832
The 150-year-old, Grade II listed building began its life as offices for the Tynemouth Guardians of the Poor and has since been a chapel, police station, fire station and a rates office.
A couple of deeds later and it was in the hands of a clergyman, Mr Smith of Apsley in Bedfordshire, and in 1801 he finally sold it to the Guardians of the Poor of Coventry.