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Who was the first Governor-General of India?
1. Lord William Bentinck
2. Lord William Dalhousie
3. Lord William Cornwallis
4. None of these

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Correct Answer - Option 1 : Lord William Bentinck

The correct answer is Lord William Bentinck.

  • Lord William Bentinck was the first Governor-General of India.
  • By the charter act of 1833, the Governor-General of Bengal was re-designated as the Governor-General of India.
  • This made Lord William Bentinck, the first Governor-General of India.
  • Lord William Bentinck has been credited for significant social and educational reforms in India including abolishing Sati Prata, suppressing female infanticide and human sacrifice.

  • The first Governor-General of Bengal was Lord Warren Hastings.
  • Lord Dalhousie was the Governor-General of India from 1848-56.
  • He devised the policy of Doctrine of Lapse.
  • Lord Canning was the first viceroy of India.

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