Herbert William Emerson

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Sir Herbert William Emerson, GCIE, KCSI, CBE (1881–1962) was a public servant in British India, mostly known for his time as the governor of the Punjab (12 April 1933 — ? ? 1938).

From 1930 to 1933 he was either the Secretary to the Government of India Foreign Department or Home Secretary and in the latter capacity a correspondent of Mahatma Gandhi.

On being appointed a governor, he also became the Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India.

In 1939, he became League of Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, and Director of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Refugees, dealing primarily with Russian and European Jewish refugees.[1]

He was an active writer, recording local customs and publicizing his opinions.


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