List of colonial governors and administrators of Kenya

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This page contains a list of chairmen, administrators, commissioners and governors of British Kenya Colony.

The office of Governor of Kenya was replaced by the office of Governor General in 1963 and then later replaced by a President of Kenya, upon Kenya becoming a Republic in 1964. For continuation after independence, see: List of heads of state of Kenya.

Chairmen/Administrators of the Imperial British East Africa Company[edit]

# Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Notes
Chairmen
1 Sir William Mackinnon
(1823–1893)
3 Sep 1888 1889
Administrators
1 George Mackenzie
(1844–1910)
3 Sep 1889 May 1890
2 Francis de Winton
(1835–1901)
May 1890 Feb 1891
- George Mackenzie
(1844–1910)
Feb 1891 Jun 1891
  • Acting Administrator
3 Ernest Berkeley
(1857–1932)
Jun 1891 Sep 1891
4 Lloyd Mathews
(1850–1901)
Sep 1891 Feb 1892
5 Sir Gerald Portal
(1858–1894)
Feb 1892 May 1893
6 John Pigott 1893 Jul 1895
  • Indian Land Acquisition Act, 1894

Commissioners and Governors of the East Africa Protectorate/Kenya[edit]

# Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Notes
Commissioners and Governors of the East Africa Protectorate
7 Sir Arthur Henry Hardinge
(1859–1933)
1 Jul 1895 7 Oct 1900
8 C.H. Craufurd 7 Oct 1900 30 Dec 1900
  • Acting Commissioner
9 Sir Charles Eliot
(1861–1931)
30 Dec 1900 20 May 1904
10 Frederick John Jackson
(1860–1929)
20 May 1904 1 Aug 1904
  • Acting Commissioner
11 Sir Donald William Stewart
(1860–1905)
1 Aug 1904 1 Oct 1905
10 Frederick John Jackson
(1860–1929)
1 Oct 1905 12 Dec 1905
  • Commissioner
12 Sir James Hayes Sadler
(1827–1910)
12 Dec 1905 12 Apr 1909
13 Sir Charles Calvert Bowring
(1872–1945)
12 Apr 1909 16 Sep 1909
14 Sir Percy Girouard
(1867–1932)
16 Sep 1909 17 Jul 1912
  • Second Maasai Treaty
13 Sir Charles Calvert Bowring
(1872–1945)
17 Jul 1912 3 Oct 1912
  • Acting Governor
15 Sir Henry Conway Belfield
(1855–1923)
3 Oct 1912 14 Apr 1917
13 Sir Charles Calvert Bowring
(1872–1945)
14 Apr 1917 1 Feb 1919
  • Acting Governor
16 Sir Edward Northey
(1811–1879)
1 Feb 1919 11 Jun 1920
Governors of The Colony and Protectorate of Kenya
16 Sir Edward Northey
(1868–1953)
11 Jun 1920 28 Aug 1922
  • East Africa Protectorate renamed The Colony and Protectorate of Kenya.
  • 10 mile coastal strip under the domain of the Sultan of Zanzibar becomes a Protectorate.
  • Founding of Reform Party
17 Sir Robert Coryndon
(1870–1925)
31 Aug 1922 10 Feb 1925
18 Edward Brandis Denham
(1876–1938)
10 Feb 1925 3 Oct 1925
19 Edward Grigg
(1879–1955)
3 Oct 1925 27 Sep 1930
  • Native Lands Trust Ordinance
  • Rudolf Province ceded from Uganda
  • Coryndon Museum opened
20 Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore
(1887–1964)
27 Sep 1930 13 Feb 1931
  • Governor
21 Sir Joseph Byrne
(1874–1942)
13 Feb 1931 22 Dec 1936
22 Sir Armigel Wade
(1880–1966)
22 Dec 1936 6 Apr 1937
  • Governor
23 Sir Robert Brooke-Popham
(1878–1953)
6 Apr 1937 9 Jan 1940
24 Walter Harragin
(1890–1966)
30 Sep 1939 9 Jan 1940
  • Acting Governor
20 Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore
(1887–1964)
9 Jan 1940 25 Oct 1944
25 Sir Philip Mitchell
(1890–1964)
11 Dec 1944 21 Jun 1952
26 Henry Steven Potter
(1904–1976)
21 Jun 1952 29 Sept 1952
  • Acting Governor
27 Sir Evelyn Baring
(1903–1973)
30 Sept 1952 4 Oct 1959
28 Walter Coutts
(1912–1988)
4 Oct 1959 23 Oct 1959
  • Acting Governor
29 Sir Patrick Muir Renison
(1911–1965)
23 Oct 1959 17 Nov 1962
30 Sir Eric Griffith-Jones
(1913–1979)
17 Nov 1962 4 Jan 1963
  • Acting Governor
31 Malcolm MacDonald
(1901–1981)
4 Jan 1963 12 Dec 1964

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