A while back, in August 2013, Gossips shared the item below, found in the Hudson Evening Register for April 30, 1886, which announced the creation of the Fifth Ward, carved out of what had been previously the Fourth Ward.
Some may think, based on the 1873 Beers Atlas map below, that Hudson was divided into four wards from the time of the Proprietors, but it was not.
Originally, Hudson was divided into just two wards: everything south of Warren Street was the First Ward; everything north of Warren Street was the Second Ward. Today, I discovered, in the Hudson Daily Star for January 11, 1853, a letter to the editor that helps determine when the change from two wards to four wards happened. The letter makes the case that Hudson should have four wards because having only two wards presents "an insignificant appearance among our sister cities, none of which have less than four." The letter, which called for a charter revision, also sheds light on how we ended up with two aldermen for each ward instead of just one. Because there is much of interest in the letter, it is reproduced below in its entirety.
Equally interesting is the editorial comment about the letter, which emphasizes and amplifies the letter writer's salient points.
It's interesting to note that, according to the letter, the charter in place in 1853 "was revised and passed some twenty-four years ago." A new charter was adopted two years later, in 1855. Our current city charter has not been amended in its entirety since 1973.
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