Laws Passed by the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas. Page: 88
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wit.h the government thereof, shall be vested in one mayor,
nine aldermen, one treasurer, and as many subordinate officers,
not herein mentioned, as the city council shall direct.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, 'l'hat so much of the third
section of said act, above referred to, as prohibits the raising
or diminishing of the mayor's salary, (luring the time of service
of any incumbent, he, and the same is hereby, repealed;.
and the Board of Aldermen, from and after the passage of
this act, shall have the power of allowing the Mayor a salary,
which shall ntot exceed the surn of five hundred dollars per
SEC. 4.. Be it further enacted, That the Mayor shall be
elected by the duly qualified voters of the said city, voting
in their respective wards, and three aldermen shall be elected
from the first ward, three from the second, and three from the
third ward, said officers shall 'be elected by a plurality of
the votes given in, and shall hold their offices for one year,
from the first Monday in March, and until others are elected
and sworn into their places, and shall severally take and sub-.
scribe an oath to perform the duties of their offices, to the
best of their abilities, before the Chief Justice, or any justice
of the peace resident in said city.
SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That any free white male
inhabitant, who shall have attained .the age of twenty-one
years, and who shall have resided, at least, twelve months
previous to the day of election, in the limits of the city. of
Galveston, and who shall have paid a corporation tax, at least
ten days previous to the day of said election, shall have, and
possess, the right to vote, at the election of mayor and aldermen
SEC. 6. Be.itfarther enacted, That on the first Monday of'
the month of March, the qualified voters of each ward shall
ballot for a mayor and the aldermen of such ward; all the
votes given in tbr the said several officers, respectively, shall
be sorted, counted and declared, in open ward meetings, by
causing the names of the persons voted for, and the number
of votes given fir each, to be written in words at length ; the
ward clerk, within twenty-four hours, ,stlll deliver to the
persons elected aldermen, certi(i;iates of their election, and
shall, forthwith, deliver to the clerk of tie city council a certified
copy of the record of the election; the Board of Aldermen
shall examine the copies of the records ofthe several
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Texas (Republic). Eighth Congress. Laws Passed by the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas., book, 1844; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45348/m1/88/?q=white: accessed February 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .