List of Governors-General of India

List of Governors General of India

The Governors General of India (or, from 1858 to 1947, officially the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, commonly shortened to Viceroy of India) was originally the head of the British administration in India and, later, after Indian independence in 1947, the representative of the Indian head of state.

It is very important topic for all competitive examinations. We are providing the list of all the Governors General of India during British period. SSC, UPSC usually asks questions on this topic. So you must read all.

List of Governors General of India


List of Governors General of India

Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of officeAppointer
Warren Hastings
(1732-1818)
20 October
1773
1 February
1785
East India
Company

(1773–1858)

John Macpherson
(acting)
(1745–1821)
1 February
1785
12 September
1786
Charles Cornwallis
The Marquess Cornwallis
(1738–1805)
12 September
1786
28 October
1793
John Shore
(1751–1834)
28 October
1793
18 March
1798
Alured Clarke
(acting)
(1744–1832)
18 March
1798
18 May
1798
Richard Wellesley, Earl of Mornington
(1760–1842)
18 May
1798
30 July
1805
The Marquess Cornwallis
(1738–1805)
30 July
1805
5 October
1805
Sir George Barlow, Bt
(acting)
(1762–1847)
10 October
1805
31 July
1807
The Lord Minto
(1751–1814)
31 July
1807
4 October
1813
Francis Rawdon-Hastings, The Earl of Moira [nb 4]
(1754–1826)
4 October
1813
9 January
1823
John Adam
(acting)
(1779–1825)
9 January
1823
1 August
1823
The Lord Amherst
(1773–1857)
1 August
1823
13 March
1828
William Butterworth Bayley
(acting)
(1782–1860)
13 March
1828
4 July
1828
Lord William Bentinck
(1774–1839)
4 July
1828
20 March
1835
East India
Company
(1773–1858)
Charles Metcalfe, Bt
(acting)
(1785–1846)
20 March
1835
4 March
1836
The Lord Auckland
(1784–1849)
4 March
1836
28 February
1842
The Lord Ellenborough
(1790–1871)
28 February
1842
June
1844
William Wilberforce Bird
(acting)
(1784–1857)
June
1844
23 July
1844
Henry Hardinge
(1785–1856)
23 July
1844
12 January
1848
The Earl of Dalhousie
(1812–1860)
12 January
1848
28 February
1856
The Viscount Canning
(1812–1862)
28 February
1856
21 March
1862
Victoria

(1837–1901)

The Earl of Elgin
(1811–1863)
21 March
1862
20 November
1863
Robert Napier
(acting)
(1810–1890)
21 November
1863
2 December
1863
William Denison
(acting)
(1804–1871)
2 December
1863
12 January
1864
Sir John Lawrence, Bt
(1811–1879)
12 January
1864
12 January
1869
The Earl of Mayo
(1822–1872)
12 January
1869
8 February
1872
Sir John Strachey
(acting)
(1823–1907)
9 February
1872
23 February
1872
The Lord Napier
(acting)
(1819–1898)
24 February
1872
3 May
1872
The Lord Northbrook
(1826–1904)
3 May
1872
12 April
1876
The Lord Lytton
(1831–1891)
12 April
1876
8 June
1880
The Marquess of Ripon
(1827–1909)
8 June
1880
13 December
1884
The Earl of Dufferin
(1826–1902)
13 December
1884
10 December
1888
The Marquess of Lansdowne
(1845–1927)
10 December
1888
11 October
1894
The Earl of Elgin
(1849–1917)
11 October
1894
6 January
1899
The Lord Curzon of Kedleston
(1859–1925)
6 January
1899
18 November
1905
The Earl of Minto
(1845–1914)
18 November
1905
23 November
1910
Edward VII

(1901–1910)

The Lord Hardinge of Penshurst
(1858–1944)
23 November
1910
4 April
1916
George V

(1910–1936)

The Lord Chelmsford
(1868–1933)
4 April
1916
2 April
1921
The Earl of Reading
(1860–1935)
2 April
1921
3 April
1926
The Lord Irwin
(1881–1959)
3 April
1926
18 April
1931
The Earl of Willingdon
(1866–1941)
18 April
1931
18 April
1936
The Marquess of Linlithgow
(1887–1952)
18 April
1936
1 October
1943
Edward VIII

(1936)

The Viscount Wavell
(1883–1950)
1 October
1943
21 February
1947
George VI

(1936–1952)

The Viscount Mountbatten of Burma
(1900–1979)
21 February
1947
15 August
1947
The Viscount Mountbatten of Burma
(1900–1979)
15 August
1947
21 June
1948
George VI

(1936–1952)

C. Rajagopalachari
(1878–1972)
21 June
1948
26 January
1950

Facts about Governors General of India

  • The term “Governor general of India” was abolished when India became democratic on 26 Jan 1950. Lord Mount Batten was the last British Governor general of India and C Rajagopalachari became the first Indian governor general of Independent India.
  • First governor general of India : Hastings.
  • Last governor general of India : Dalhoiuse.
  • First viceroy of India : Cannings.
  • Last viceroy of India : Moutbatten.
  • India don’t have a Governor General Now. When India became a democratic Republic in Jan 26 1950, the position of Governor General has been replaced by the President of India

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