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Council: A body of men chosen or designated as permanent advisers on matters of state, esp. to advise and assist a sovereign or ruler in the administration of the government. Please also see Governor's Council.
The Executive Council in Virginia was also known as the Privy Council or Council of State. It was not only legislatively elected, but required a vote to remove members every three years so that new members could be voted in.
Oxford English Dictionary
1799 - 1817: Virginia
Office Scope: State
Role Scope: State