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The President of the Board of Control was a British government official in the late 18th and early 19th century responsible for overseeing the British East India Company and generally serving as the chief official in London responsible for Indian affairs. The position was frequently a cabinet level one. The position was abolished in 1858 with the abolition of the East India Company. It was succeeded by the new position of Secretary of State for India.

President of the Board of Control
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Royal Arms as used by His Majesty's Government
India Board
Member ofBritish Cabinet
Privy Council
SeatWestminster, London
AppointerThe British Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation4 September 1784
First holderThe Lord Sydney
Final holderLord Stanley
Abolished2 August 1858

List of Presidents of the Board of ControlEdit

President of the Board of Control[1][2]
  Whig       Tory       Conservative
Portrait Name
Honorifics & Constituency
Term of office Party Ministry
  The Right Honourable
The Viscount Sydney

PC
Baron Sydney before 1789
Viscount Sydney after 1789
4 September
1784
6 March
1790
Whig Pitt I
  The Right Honourable
The Lord Grenville

PC
6 March
1790
22 June
1793
Tory
(Pittite)
  The Right Honourable
Henry Dundas

MP for Edinburgh
22 June
1793
25 April
1801
Tory
  The Right Honourable
The Earl of Dartmouth

PC
25 April
1801
2 July
1802
Tory Addington
  The Right Honourable
Viscount Castlereagh

MP for Down before 1805
MP for Boroughbridge after 1806
2 July
1802
11 February
1806
Tory
Pitt II
  The Right Honourable
The Lord Minto

PC
11 February
1806
15 July
1806
Whig All the Talents
(WhigTory)
  The Right Honourable
Thomas Grenville

MP for Buckingham
15 July
1806
30 September
1806
Whig
  The Right Honourable
George Tierney

MP for Athlone
30 September
1806
6 April
1807
Whig
  The Right Honourable
Robert Dundas

MP for Midlothian
6 April
1807
11 July
1809
Tory Portland II
  The Right Honourable
The Earl of Harrowby

PC
11 July
1809
November
1809
Tory
Perceval
  The Right Honourable
The Viscount Melville

MP for Midlothian before 1811
Viscount Melville after 1811
November
1809
4 April
1812
Tory
  The Right Honourable
The Earl of Buckinghamshire

PC
4 April
1812
4 June
1816
Tory
Liverpool
  The Right Honourable
George Canning

MP for Liverpool
4 June
1816
June
1821
Tory
  The Right Honourable
Charles Bathurst

MP for Harwich
June
1821
4 February
1822
  The Right Honourable
Charles Williams-Wynn

MP for Montgomeryshire
4 February
1822
4 February
1828
Tory
Canning
(CanningiteWhig)
Goderich
(CanningiteWhig)
Wellington–Peel
  The Right Honourable
The Viscount Melville

KT PC FRS
4 February
1828
17 September
1828
Tory
  The Right Honourable
The Lord Ellenborough

PC
17 September
1828
1 December
1830
Tory
  The Right Honourable
Charles Grant

MP for Inverness-shire
1 December
1830
18 September
1834
Whig Grey
Melbourne I
  The Right Honourable
The Lord Ellenborough

PC
18 September
1834
23 April
1835
Conservative Peel I
  The Right Honourable
Sir John Hobhouse

Bt
MP for Nottingham
23 April
1835
30 August
1841
Whig Melbourne II
  The Right Honourable
The Lord Ellenborough

PC
4 September
1841
23 October
1841
Conservative Peel II
  The Right Honourable
The Lord FitzGerald and Vesey

PC
23 October
1841
17 May
1843
Conservative
  The Right Honourable
The Earl of Ripon

PC
17 May
1843
30 June
1846
Conservative
  The Right Honourable
Sir John Hobhouse

Bt
MP for Nottingham before 1847
MP for Harwich after 1848
8 July
1846
5 February
1852
Whig Russell
  The Right Honourable
Fox Maule

MP for Perth
23 February
1852
21 February
1852
Whig
  The Right Honourable
John Charles Herries

MP for Stamford
28 February
1852
17 December
1852
Conservative Who? Who?
  The Right Honourable
Sir Charles Wood

Bt
MP for Halifax
30 December
1852
3 March
1855
Whig Aberdeen
(PeeliteWhig)
  The Right Honourable
Robert Vernon Smith

MP for Northampton
3 March
1855
21 February
1858
Whig Palmerston I
  The Right Honourable
The Earl of Ellenborough

GCB PC
6 March
1858
5 June
1858
Conservative Derby–Disraeli II
  The Right Honourable
Lord Stanley

MP for King's Lynn
5 June
1858
2 August
1858
Conservative

Lord Stanley took up the new post of Secretary of State for India on 2 August 1858, upon the establishment of the British Raj.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Venning, Timothy (2005). Compendium of British Office Holders. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 316–319. ISBN 1-4039-2045-1.
  2. ^ "President of the Board of Control". HANSARD 1803–2005. Retrieved 7 August 2017.