Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Omaha, Nebraska received its first formal municipal government in 1857 when the Territorial Legislature passed a special act giving the city its initial charter. Under this act the city's voters elected a Mayor and a nine-member Board of Aldermen from three wards. Two years after Nebraska achieved statehood, the State Legislature passed a general charter law for Omaha which followed this basic mayor-council form, as did subsequent charter laws passed in 1871 and 1897.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Harold T. Muir May, 1969

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