This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol8 Partnership, Private Corporations, Public Corporations", by Albert H. Putney. Also available from Amazon: Popular Law-Dictionary.
Section 26. A town, organized under the township organization laws of the State, is a political or civil sub-division of a county. It is created as a sub-ordinate agency to aid in the administration of the general State and local government. The distinction between such a town and other chartered municipal corporations proper, is, that a chartered town or village is given corporate existence at the request or by the consent of the inhabitants thereof for the interest, advantage or convenience of the locality and its people, and a town under township organization is created almost exclusively with a view to the policy of the State at large for purposes of political organization, and as an agency of the State and county, to aid in the civil administration of affairs pertaining to the general administration of the State and county government, and is imposed upon the territory included within it without consulting the wishes of the inhabitants thereof.3
2 Dillon, Mun.JCorp., Vol. I, Chap. 2, Par. 28. "Towns in Connecticut, as in other New England states, differ from trading companies, and even from municipal corporations elsewhere. They are territorial corporations, into which the State is divided by the legislature, from time to time, at its discretion, for political purposes and the convenient administration of government; they have those powers only which have been expressly conferred upon them by statute, or which are necessary for conducting municipal affairs; and all the inhabitants of the town are members of the quasi-corporation." Bloom-field vs. Charter Oak Bank, 121 U. S., 121. 3 The People vs. Martin, 178 III.,