Warren Hastings

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Warren Hastings

Warren Hastings PC (1732–1818) was the first Governor-General of India. He joined the East India Company, went to Calcutta in 1750 and rose to be Resident at Murshidabad. After the conquest of Bengal he returned to England but ran up large debts. He returned to India as deputy ruler of Madras. In 1772 he was appointed Governor of Bengal. He made enemies among the East India Company councillors and his reputation in England was damaged. He eventually resigned in 1785 and returned home. Far from receiving the honours he felt he deserved he was impeached for corruption and it was eight years before he was finally acquitted. He eventually became a Privy Councillor.

External links

Warren Hastings Dictionary of Indian Biography (1906)
Warren Hastings Wikipedia

Historical books on-line

Warren Hastings by Macaulay archive.org
Article of Charge of High Crimes and Misdemeanors by Edmund Burke 1786 Google Books
The Answer to the Articles by Warren Hastings 1788 Google Books