President of the Board of Control

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The President of the Board of Control was a British government official in the late 18th and early 19th century responsible for overseeing the British East India Company and generally serving as the chief official in London responsible for Indian affairs. The position was frequently a cabinet level one. The position was abolished in 1858 with the abolition of the East India Company. It was succeeded by the new position of Secretary of State for India.

Presidents of the Board of Control, 1784-1858[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
The Lord Sydney 1stViscountSydney.jpg 1784 1790
The Lord Grenville William Wyndham Grenville.jpg 1790 1793
Henry Dundas 1stViscountMelville2.jpg 1793 1801
The Earl of Dartmouth 3rdEarlOfDartmouth.jpg 1801 1802
Viscount Castlereagh Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh.PNG 1802 1806
The Lord Minto Gilbert Eliot, 1st Earl of Minto by James Atkinson.jpg 1806 1806
Thomas Grenville Thomas Grenville (1755-1846).jpg 1806 1806
George Tierney George Tierney.jpg 1806 1807
Hon. Robert Dundas Melville2.JPG 1807 1809
The Earl of Harrowby 1stEarlOfHarrowby.jpg 1809 1809
Hon. Robert Dundas
(Viscount Melville from 1811)
Melville2.JPG 1809 1811
The Earl of Buckinghamshire 4thEarlOfBuckinghamshire.jpg 1812 1816
George Canning Canning.jpg 1816 1821 Tory
Charles Bathurst No image.svg 1821 1822
Charles Williams-Wynn Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn.JPG 1822 31 July 1828
The Viscount Melville Melville2.JPG 31 July 1828 24 September 1828
The Lord Ellenborough 1stEarlOfEllenborough.jpg 24 September 1828 1 December 1830 Tory
Charles Grant Lord-glenelg.jpg 1 December 1830 14 November 1834 Whig
The Lord Ellenborough 1stEarlOfEllenborough.jpg 18 December 1834 8 April 1835 Tory
Sir John Hobhouse, Bt John Cam Hobhouse.jpg 23 April 1835 30 August 1841 Whig
The Lord Ellenborough 1stEarlOfEllenborough.jpg 4 September 1841 23 October 1841 Tory
The Lord FitzGerald and Vesey No image.svg 23 October 1841 17 May 1843 Tory
The Earl of Ripon Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon by Sir Thomas Lawrence.jpg 17 May 1843 30 June 1846 Tory
Sir John Hobhouse, Bt John Cam Hobhouse.jpg 8 July 1846 5 February 1852 Whig
Hon. Fox Maule 11th Earl of Dalhousie.jpg 5 February 1852 21 February 1852 Whig
John Charles Herries John Charles Herries.jpg 28 February 1852 17 December 1852 Tory
Sir Charles Wood, Bt 1stViscountHalifax.jpg 30 December 1852 3 March 1855 Whig
Robert Vernon Smith Robert Vernon Smith.JPG 3 March 1855 21 February 1858 Whig
The Earl of Ellenborough 1stEarlOfEllenborough.jpg 6 March 1858 5 June 1858 Conservative
Lord Stanley Edward Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby 2.jpg 5 June 1858 2 August 1858 Conservative

Lord Stanley took up the new post of Secretary of State for India on 2 August 1858, upon the establishment of the British Raj.