In 1305, only, it was represented in parliament by two members; but it was never incorporated, and was governed by appointees of the manor court, until the Ross Improvement Act of 1865 established elected commissioners of the borough.
His appointees were chosen for their business qualifications.
Two of his appointees were Orestes Brownson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Five of the seven judges in 1837 were his appointees, and the majority of them were Southerners who had been educated under Democratic influences at a time when the slavery controversy was forcing the party to return to its original strict construction views.
The provinces are administered by intendentes, and the departments by gobernadores, both appointees of the national executive.