Guardians of the poor

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the members of a board appointed or elected to care for the relief of the poor within a township, or district.

See also: Guardian

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Liberals would have you believe that they are the compassionate, benevolent guardians of the poor. In reality, they are the exploiters of the poor, using them for votes and as steppingstones to power so that they can divide and conquer.
The Church has stated that they are the Guardians of the Poor, and it is the poor who are now most oppressed.
Deputies often pose as the guardians of the poor people, but it is questionable whether the legislation under discussion would be protecting unemployed home-owners or people that want to get out of meeting their financial obligations.
From these six dietaries the local board of guardians of the poor selected the diet "most suitable to the circumstances" of each establishment.
In 1819 the Birmingham guardians of the poor began to make use of the parish land on Birmingham Heath - what we would now call Winson Green - "to set the poor to work".
With no Welfare State as a safety net, the hungry turned for help to the Guardians of the Poor. Their cry for help went unheeded in Birmingham.
MacMullen's model effectively makes bishops into representatives of the interests of the wealthy and powerful and undermines their credentials as guardians of the poor and dependent.
In 1923, following the end of the family line, the estate was sold to the Huddersfield Union's Guardians of the Poor who began a children's home there..
Pereira found that the local boards of the guardians of the poor had a choice of six "workhouse dietaries", one of which they could choose according to the circumstances of each establishment.
The attack was also manifested in efforts by Philadelphia's Guardians of the Poor to serve individuals willing to reform their sex lives and to coerce those who relapsed into the pleasure culture.