When the City of Charlottetown was incorporated in 1855, five wards were created with two Councillors elected to serve each ward. The mayor would be elected at large. In order to be considered for the job of Councillor, a candidate had to be male, over 21, a subject of the British crown, reside in the city for at least one year and in their ward for at least two months, as well as hold property valued at 200 pounds or rent at annual rate of 40 pounds within his ward. For the top office of mayor, the requirements were a little more stringent. The candidates for the mayor’s chair had to have all of the same qualifications as a Councillor but also hold freehold or leasehold property valued at 500 pounds and could not be in arrears on their property taxes.