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As early as the first Federal elections in 1788, there were candidates, who while alligned with one party or another, was supported in the press by both parties in a particular election.
Common Council: The administrative body of a corporate town or city; a town or city council.
In Philadelphia the local authority consisted of the Select Council and Common Council, called together the Councils.
Oxford English Dictionary
1799 - 1824: Annapolis, MD; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Alexandria, VA; Norfolk, VA; Richmond, VA
Office Scope: City
Role Scope: City / Ward