Broad Term(s):


A person appointed or delegated to carry out a particular task, such as a judicial or other investigation, the negotiation of a treaty, etc.; a delegate; (later also) a member of a commission; A person who exercises authority in an area, government department, etc., as a result of appointment or delegation by the supreme authority; (now) spec. the title of the head of various branches of a civil service, and of the highest ranking officer in various police forces.



John Hopkins (c.1757–1827) was a businessman of Richmond, Va., and served for a time as a clerk in the Virginia treasurer’s office. He was appointed commissioner of Continental loans for Virginia ... Read More

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