Definition of Selectman

1. Noun. An elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns.

Group relationships: Board Of Selectmen
Generic synonyms: Elected Official

Definition of Selectman

1. n. One of a board of town officers chosen annually in the New England States to transact the general public business of the town, and have a kind of executive authority. The number is usually from three to seven in each town.

Definition of Selectman

1. Noun. (American English) any of a board of municipal officers elected to manage some New England towns ¹

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Definition of Selectman


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Literary usage of Selectman

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Tullidge's Histories, (volume II) Containing the History of All the Northern by Edward William Tullidge (1889)
"September 19,1887; GR Belnap, Sheriff, September 12, 1888; LW Shurtliff, selectman (appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joseph ..."

2. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and by William Richard Cutter (1908)
"His widow married Deacon Daniel Hapgood. who was a selectman of Stow. Children of Abraham and Mary Gibson, born at Stow : 1. Mary, born August 20, 1725, ..."

3. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the by James Terry White (1895)
"His father, John Adams, was a deacon of the church and a selectman. ... In the same year as his marriage, Mr. Adams was chosen selectman and assessor and ..."

4. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to by William Richard Cutter (1908)
"He was selectman of the town from 1637 to 1684; and representative in the general court of Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1663-64, ..."

5. History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912 by James Otis Lyford (1912)
"1653 to 1663 he was selectman. In 1666, he assisted in running the town line between Portsmouth and ... Chosen selectman 1661; d. before March, 1708. ii. ..."

6. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of by Ezra Scollay Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker, Lewis Publishing Company, Lewis publishing company, Chicago (1908)
"Daniel Bean was first selectman of Warner in 1810. He died April, 1855. aged eighty-one. (VIII) Fred, son of William Henry and Mary (Colin? ..."

7. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of by Ellery Bicknell Crane (1907)
"He was often elected town clerk, indicating that he was a man of some education, and selectman, indicating that he was a man of some force of character and ..."

8. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Council, James Hammond Trumbull, Connecticut Council of Safety, Charles Jeremy Hoadly (1872)
"town, at or before Monday next; and that the selectman to whom it shall be given, take care to acquaint the rest of the selectmen therewith. ..."

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