A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

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such as to render unnecessary the exercise of the
veto power by the other commissioners. If argument
were necessary to show the merits of the Commission
form of municipal government, the success
of that in Galveston would be all sufficient.
The success of the Galveston Commission attracted
wide attention and in 1904 the plan was submitted
to the voters of Houston and, they having adopted
it, the next year a new charter was granted the
city, under the terms of which Houston became a
Commission city.
Houston's charter differs in many respects from
those of Galveston, Dallas and other cities that have
gone under commission rule. Its practical working
is so well shown in an address delivered by
Mayor Rice before the Chicago Commercial Club
in December, 1910, that it may be well to take the
following points from that address so as to best illustrate
the commission:
"The essential differences between the old form
of municipal government and the commission form
are three," said the mayor. "The substitution of a
smaller number of aldermen, elected from the city
at large, in place of a large number of aldermen,
elected from different wards or subdivisions of the
city; vesting of a co-ordinate power in the mayor
as in the city council to dismiss any officer of the
city government, except the controller, at any time
without cause, and the essential provisions safeguarding
the granting of municipal franchises. Instead
of a body of twelve aldermen, elected from

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed March 29, 2015.