A town or city council, now only in London and some parts of Canada and the US.
- The 1822 charter eliminated the legislative power of the people in town meetings, replacing them with a large common council of 48 members and a smaller board of aldermen with 12 members.
- He also served on the common council of Philadelphia for many years, and was particularly active on the watering committee, which was responsible for overseeing the city's waterworks.
- Over the fourteen years since his first election to the old common council, Curley had accomplished a great deal.
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