|Province of British India|
Bihar Province in a 1940 map of British India
• Bifurcation of Bihar and Orissa Province
In 1756 Bihar was part of Bengal. On 14 October 1803 Orissa was occupied by the British Raj. On 1 April 1912 both Bihar and Orissa were separated from Bengal as Bihar and Orissa Province. On 1 April 1936 Bihar and Orissa became separate provinces.
The Government of India Act provided for the election of a provincial legislative assembly and a responsible government. Elections were held in 1937, and the Indian National Congress took a majority of the seats but declined to form the government. A minority provisional government was formed under Muhammad Yunus.
|Muhammad Yunus||Home and Education|
|Ajit Prasad Singh Deo||Local Self-Government (including Medical and Excise)|
|Abdul Wahab Khan||Finance and Irrigation|
|Gur Sahay Lal||Revenue and Development|
The Congress reversed its decision and resolved to accept office in July 1937. Therefore, the Governor invited Srikrishna Sinha to form the government.
|Anugrah Narayan Sinha||Deputy Premier, Finance and Local Self Government|
|Jaglal Choudhary||Public Health and Excise|
In 1939, along with Congress ministries in other provinces, Sinha resigned in protest of the Governor-General's declaration of war on Germany without consulting with Indian leaders, and Bihar came under Governor's Rule. Another round of elections were held in 1946, yielding another Congress majority, and Sinha again became Premier.
Finally on 15 August 1947 Bihar Province became part of independent India.
- 1 Apr 1936 - 11 Mar 1937 Sir James David Sifton (s.a.)
- 11 Mar 1937 - 5 Aug 1939 Sir Maurice Garnier Hallett (b. 1883 - d. 1969)
- 5 Aug 1939 - 9 Jan 1943 Sir Thomas Alexander Stewart (b. 1888 - d. 1964) (acting to Sep 1939)
- 9 Jan 1943 - 6 Sep 1943 Sir Thomas George Rutherford (b. 1886 - d. 1957) (1st time)
- 6 Sep 1943 - 23 Apr 1944 Sir Robert Francis Mudie (acting) (b. 1890 - d. 1976)
- 23 Apr 1944 - 13 May 1946 Sir Thomas George Rutherford (s.a.) (2nd time)
- 13 May 1946 - 15 Aug 1947 Sir Hugh Dow (b. 1886 - d. 1978)
- 1 Apr 1937 - 19 Jul 1937 Muhammad Yunus (b. 1884 - d. 1952) MIP
- 20 Jul 1937 - 31 Oct 1939 Srikrishna Sinha (1st time) (b. 1888 - d. 1961) INC
- 31 Oct 1939 - 23 Mar 1946 Governor's Rule
- 23 Mar 1946 - 15 Aug 1947 Srikrishna Sinha (2nd time) (s.a.) INC