Date of Award

Fall 1949

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science


This thesis traces the governmental development of the City of Hampton, Virginia. Some historical data is given concerning the settlement of the area which is now Hampton and of its history as a part of Elizabeth City County before its incorporation as a town. From this point on the emphasis is placed upon the evolution of the government of the Town of Hampton and later the City of Hampton. Some critical comment on the structure and organization of the government is scattered throughout the paper but it is mainly concentrated in one Chap­ter which deals with Hampton 's present government.