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The Chancellor of Florence held the most important position in the bureaucracy of the Florentine Republic. Though the chancellor was not officially a member of the Republic's elected political government, unlike the gonfaloniere or the nine members of the signoria, the role was roughly equivalent to the head of the civil service in some countries today, and its hilder could still wield considerable political influence. Holders included some of the most famous scholars, political thinkers and humanists of the Renaissance.