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List of colonial governors and presidents of Madras Presidency

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Jan 3, 2022

This is a list of the governors, agents, and presidents of colonial Madras, initially of the EnglishEast India Company, up to the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

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In 1639, the grant of Madras to the English was finalized between the factors of the Masulipatnam (now Machilipatnam) factory (trading post), represented by Francis Day, and the Raja of Chandragiri. In 1640, Andrew Cogan, the chief of the Masulipatnam factory, made his way to Madras in the company of Francis Day and the English and Indian employees of the Masulipatnam factory. The Agency of Madras was established on 1 March 1640 and Cogan was made the first Agent. The official title was ‘Governor of Fort St George’ and the Governor was usually referred to as Agent. Cogan served in the post for three years and was succeeded by Francis Day. After four agents had served their terms, Madras was upgraded to a Presidency during the time of Aaron Baker. However financial considerations forced the company to revert to an agency soon after Aaron Baker had served his term. The Agency survived until 1684 when Madras was made a Presidency once and for all. Streynsham Master is the best remembered and most renowned of the Agents of Madras.

# Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Notes
Agents
1 Andrew Cogan 1 March 1640 1643
2 Francis Day
(1605–1673)
1643 1644
3 Thomas Ivie
(1605–1673)
1644 1648
4 Thomas Greenhill
(1611–1658)
1648 1652
5 Aaron Baker
(1610–1683)
1652 1655
6 Thomas Greenhill
(1611–1658)
1655 1658
7 Sir Thomas Chambers
(d. 1692)
1658 1661
8 Sir Edward Winter
(1622–1686)
1661 Aug 1665
9 George Foxcroft
(1634–1715)
Aug 1665 16 Sep 1665
10 Sir Edward Winter
(1622–1686)
16 Sep 1665 22 Aug 1668
11 George Foxcroft
(1634–1715)
22 Aug 1668 Jan 1670
12 Sir William Langhorne, 1st Baronet
(1631–1715)
Jan 1670 27 Jan 1678
13 Streynsham Master
(1640–1724)
27 Jan 1678 3 Jul 1681
14 William Gyfford 3 Jul 1681 8 Aug 1684

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