Offered January 29, 2004
Commending the Town of Herndon on its 125th anniversary.
Patron—Rust; Senator: Howell

WHEREAS, January 14, 2004, marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Herndon; and

WHEREAS, local legend holds that the name "Herndon" was suggested in 1857 by a surviving passenger from the S.S. Central America to honor its captain, William Lewis Herndon, who went down with his ship in a storm off Cape Hatteras; and

WHEREAS, when village residents requested that a post office be established at the terminus of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, the name was duly accepted and the Post Office of Herndon was established on July 13, 1858, with William W. Hollingsworth as the first postmaster; and

WHEREAS, a plat of the village made at an early date--about the time Abraham Lincoln assumed the Presidency--showed the names of 21 landowners within the village area, and a second plat prepared in 1878 preliminary to incorporation showed substantial growth; and

WHEREAS, by petition of the citizens to the General Assembly of Virginia, the Town of Herndon was incorporated on January 14, 1879, and included four and one-third square miles of land within its border, with the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Depot roughly at its center; and

WHEREAS, the original town charter provided for the government to be vested in a council of seven, elected annually, with the mayor to be elected from and by the council for a term of one year; and

WHEREAS, the first meeting of the council was held in the Depot on February 8, 1879, with Isaiah Bready presiding as mayor, and Ancel St. John, William Urick, Stephen Killam, William D. Sweatser, Lawrence Hindle, and C.H. Hathaway serving as council members; and

WHEREAS, since that time, the town's charter has been amended to provide for the popular election of the mayor and council every two years as well as an appointed town manager, who performs the daily tasks required by the Town Council and manages the activities of all other town departments and personnel, with several boards and commissions lending their input and support to the town's governing process; and

WHEREAS, the involvement of the many civic and community associations active in the Herndon area significantly contribute to the town's outstanding quality of life; and

WHEREAS, since incorporation, the Town of Herndon has grown to a present residential population of more than 22,500 and a present employment population of approximately 20,000; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Herndon's rich heritage continues to develop through community enterprise and participation, and the Historical Society of Herndon strives to preserve and document the town's history and to encourage the public's interest in that history; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly commend and congratulate the citizens of the Town of Herndon on the occasion of Herndon's 125th anniversary celebration; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the citizens of Herndon as an expression of the congratulations and best wishes of the General Assembly.

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