Is Governor Capitalized?

The word governor often confuses people when it comes to capitalization. Is it governor or Governor? When do you capitalize it?

The word governor can be a proper noun or a common noun depending on the context in which it is used.

If Governor is used to refer to a specific person with a title, then it is capitalized such as:

  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Governor Charlie Baker

If used as a common noun, then the word governor is lowercased such as in the following sentences:

  • The governor will announce his candidacy this morning.
  • Dan Malloy was not a great governor.

According to English capitalization rules, proper nouns are always capitalized. Therefore, when referring to a person with the title Governor, always capitalize the word.


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