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The office of governor is the executive branch of a state government in the United States. It is elected by the people during the general election. Governorship terms may range, but are usually four years.

Historical Definition of Governor

The term governor has had a variety of meanings throughout history. European colonies often had a governor appointed by the king. Bodies such as the Federal Reserve have governors.

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