Full name: William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck
Born: 14 September 1774, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Died: 17 June 1839, Paris, France
Previous offices: Governor-General of India (1828–1835), Governor of Madras (1803–1807)
Organizations founded: Medical College Kolkata, Rajshahi Collegiate School


• 1st GG of India.

• Abolition of Sati & others

• Suppression of thugi (1830)

• Charter Act 1833

• Edu. Reforms and English as the official language

• Annexation of : Mysore (1831), Coorg (1834), Central Cachar (1834)

• Perpetual friendship with Ranjeet Singh.

• Abolition of provincial courts of appeal and circuit of 2.

• 1st Medical College of India.


What was Lord William Bentinck famous for?

He served as Governor-General of India from 1828 to 1835. He has been credited for significant social and educational reforms in India, including abolishing sati, he forbade women to witness the cremations on the ghats of Varanasi and suppressing female infanticide and human sacrifice.

Who is the first Governor-General of India?

William Bentinck was the first Governor-General of India.

When did William Bentinck abolish sati?

The Bengal Sati Regulation which banned the Sati practice in all jurisdictions of British India was passed on December 4, 1829 by the then Governor-General Lord William Bentinck.

Bentick was called the liberal Governor-General. Why?

Lord William Bentinck is known as India’s liberal Governor-General. He is credited with major social and educational reforms in India, including the abolition of Sati, the suppression of female infanticide and Thuggee, the abolition of lawlessness, and the abolition of human sacrifices.