Warren Hastings

(1732—1818) governor-general of Bengal

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British colonial administrator. In 1774 he became Governor-General of Bengal, in effect the first Governor-General of India, and during his term of office introduced many of the administrative reforms vital to the successful maintenance of British rule in India. On his return to England in 1785 he was impeached for corruption; he was eventually acquitted in 1795 after a seven-year trial before the House of Lords.

Subjects: History — Law.

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