From 1690, a governor represented the
British East India Company in Bengal, which had been granted the right to establish a trading post by the Nawabs of Bengal.
Chief Agents, 1681–84 [ edit ]
Presidents, 1684–94 [ edit ]
Chief Agents, 1694–1700 [ edit ]
Presidents [ edit ]
Under the leadership of
Robert Clive, British troops and their local allies defeated the nawab on 23 June 1757 at the Battle of Plassey. The nawab was assassinated in Murshidabad, and the British installed their own replacement. Clive became governor.
Governors(1758–1774), Gov Gen of Bengal (1774-1833), Gov Gen of India(1833-1858) [ edit ]
Robert Clive 1758 (NOT 1757)
Henry Vansittart 1760
Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive 1765
Harry Verelst 1767
John Cartier 1769
Warren Hastings 1772
Sir John Macpherson, 1st Baronet 1785
Charles Cornwallis , 2nd Earl Cornwallis 1786
Sir John Shore 1793
Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley 1798
Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis 1805
Sir George Barlow, 1st Baronet 1805
Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, The Lord Minto 1807
Francis Rawdon-Hastings, The Earl of Moira 1813
John Adam 1823
William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst 1823
William Butterworth Bayley 1828
Lord William Bentinck 1828
Sir Charles Metcalfe, Bt 1835
George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland 1836
Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough 1842
William Wilberforce Bird 1842
Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge 1844
James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie 1848
Charter Act 1853 the Governor General of India was relieved of his concurrent duties as Governor of Bengal and empowered to appoint a lieutenant-governor from 1854.
Lieutenant-Governors, 1854–1912 [ edit ]
In 1912, the British reunited east and west Bengal to form a single province under a governor.
Governors, 1912–47 [ edit ]
Independence, post 1947 [ edit ]
In 1947, the
British Raj came to an end, and the new countries of India and Pakistan were created. Bengal was partitioned into two in anticipation of this in 1946, and following independence West Bengal joined India, and East Bengal joined Pakistan.
For a continuation of governors of West Bengal, please see
List of Governors of West Bengal, and for East Bengal, please see East Bengal.
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