Edward Law, 1st earl of Ellenborough

(1790—1871) politician and governor-general of India

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Law succeeded his father in 1818. Elected to Parliament in 1813 as a Tory, he had a long and varied political career. He held the privy seal in Wellington's government 1828–9; was president of the Board of Control for India 1828–30, and on three later occasions for short periods; governor‐general of India 1841–4; and 1st lord of the Admiralty in 1846. His term of office as governor‐general was dominated by the first China War, the winding‐up of the ill‐fated Afghan campaign, and the annexation of Sind.

Subjects: British History.

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