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President of the Board of Control

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.

Presidents of the Board of Control, 1784-1858

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
The Lord Sydney 1784 1790
The Lord Grenville 1790 1793
Henry Dundas 1793 1801
The Earl of Dartmouth 1801 1802
Viscount Castlereagh 1802 1806
The Lord Minto 1806 1806
Thomas Grenville 1806 1806
George Tierney 1806 1807
Hon. Robert Dundas 1807 1809
The Earl of Harrowby 1809 1809
Hon. Robert Dundas
(Viscount Melville from 1811)
1809 1811
The Earl of Buckinghamshire 1812 1816
George Canning 1816 1821 Tory
Charles Bathurst 1821 1822
Charles Williams-Wynn 1822 31 July 1828
The Viscount Melville 31 July 1828 24 September 1828
The Lord Ellenborough 24 September 1828 1 December 1830 Tory
Charles Grant 1 December 1830 14 November 1834 Whig
The Lord Ellenborough 18 December 1834 8 April 1835 Tory
Sir John Hobhouse, Bt 23 April 1835 30 August 1841 Whig
The Lord Ellenborough 4 September 1841 23 October 1841 Tory
The Lord FitzGerald and Vesey 23 October 1841 17 May 1843 Tory
The Earl of Ripon 17 May 1843 30 June 1846 Tory
Sir John Hobhouse, Bt 8 July 1846 5 February 1852 Whig
Hon. Fox Maule 5 February 1852 21 February 1852 Whig
John Charles Herries 28 February 1852 17 December 1852 Tory
Sir Charles Wood, Bt 30 December 1852 3 March 1855 Whig
Robert Vernon Smith 3 March 1855 21 February 1858 Whig
The Earl of Ellenborough 6 March 1858 5 June 1858 Conservative
Lord Stanley 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.

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