Charlottesville City Council, 1871-1922

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The Charlottesville City Council, 1871-1922, was the legislative body of Charlottesville, Virginia, under the 1871 Charter, approved by the Legislature on March 28, 1871. The municipal authorities of the town consisted of a mayor and six aldermen, who were elected annually, on the fourth Saturday in June. The mayor and aldermen constituted the council. The mayor presided over all matters of the council, and in his absence, the president of the council (who was elected by the council at its first annual meeting in July of each year) presided. The mayor had no vote in the council, except in the case of a tie, when he gave the casting vote.


Chapter 343, an Act to amend the charter of the town of Charlottesville, approved by the General Assembly on March 2, 1888: Before June 13, 1888, the municipal authorities of the city consisted of a mayor and ten aldermen elected at-large. After June 13, 1888, twelve aldermen were elected by four wards.

Charlottesville made an independent city, 2nd class, from Albemarle County on July 10, 1902. On August 1, 1916, Charlottesville’s status changed from 2nd class to 1st class with the annexed of additional land from Albemarle county.

  • Primaries were held the third Thursday in May.
  • Mayor and six aldermen elected annually on the fourth Saturday in June.
  • Regular Meetings of the City Council were held the 2nd Thur. of the month.
  • Elections were held the 4th Thursday in May every second year after 1901.
  • Term Started the first day of July.

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