Governor-General

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The Governor-General of India was the head of the administration in British India. Between 1858 and 1947 the position was titled Viceroy and Governor-General of India.

Warren Hastings - First Governor-General of India from 1773 to 1785

History of the position

  • 1833 The newly designated Governor-General of India was granted authority over all of British India.
  • 1858 After the Indian Mutiny the Crown took control of India and the Governor-General was the head of the government in India. To reflect his further role as the monarch's representative to the Princely states, the office was retitled Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
  • 1947 The Governor-General was kept after Independence until India and Pakistan became republics in the 1950s, although the term Viceroy was abandoned.

FIBIS Resources

Holders

See Category:Governors-General of India as well as a full list on Wikipedia (link below).

External links

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Note it appears that the Earl Of Elgin arrived in January 1894, not the date 11 October 1894 stated in the Wikipedia article.

Historical books online

Viceroys House New Delhi
  • See Warren Hastings, who was the first Governor-General of India 20 October 1773 (originally joined on 28 April 1772) to 8 February 1785.
  • Cornwallis, the Imperial Years by Franklin and Mary Wickwire 1980. Archive.org Lending Library. The 2nd book on his life by the authors. Cornwallis was Governor General 12 September 1786 to 28 October 1793 and reappointed 30 July 1805 until he died 5 October 1805.
  • The life and correspondence of Charles, Lord Metcalfe: late governor-general of India, governor of Jamaica, and governor-general of Canada, from unpublished letters and journals preserved by himself, his family, and his friends by John William Kaye 1854. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org. (20 March 1835 to 4 March 1836).
The life of Charles, Lord Metcalfe by Edward John Thompson 1937 Archive.org Lending Library. Also available Central Secretariat Library (CSL) [Delhi] Digital Repository version, and Archive.org mirror version.
Hardinge Papers Relating To Punjab edited and annotated by Dr Kirpal Singh 2002 Archive.org. Includes papers relating to both the Hardinge Governor General and Viceroy.
Private Secretary to the Marquess of Lansdowne, Viceroy of India [from 1888] page 233 The life of Major-General Sir John Ardagh, by his wife Susan, Countess of Malmesbury (Lady Ardagh) 1908 HathiTrust Digital Library.
Lord Lansdowne: a Biography by Lord Newton 1929. Archive.org. Also available Central Secretariat Library (CSL) [Delhi] Digital Repository and Archive.org mirror version.
Hardinge Papers Relating To Punjab edited and annotated by Dr Kirpal Singh 2002 Archive.org. Includes papers relating to both the Hardinge Governor General and Viceroy.
Mountbatten And The Partition Of India by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre 1960 Archive.org version mirror from Digital Library of India. Publication date elsewhere is given as 1982. Also available to read online on Academy of the Punjab in North America.
Mountbatten And Independent India by Larry Collins and Dominique Laouerre 1960 Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Publication date elsewhere is given as 1982.