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Anthony Weltden served as the President of province of Bengal in British India from the year 1710 to 1711. He was one of the most prominent Colonial administrators of the British East India Company
. Weltden appointed as the President of Bengal Presidency
on 20 July 1710. Before his appointment, the province was ruled by a council of the East India Company.
The Bengal Presidency was one of the 3 major Presidencies in British India
, along with Bombay Presidency
and Madras Presidency
. It was originally comprised east and west Bengal and was a colonial region of the British Empire in India
. The region included the territories of undivided Bengal like West Bengal
and modern Bangladesh. The Bengal Presidency proper was founded with the signing of the treaties of 1765 between the Nawab of Oudh, the Mughal Emperor and the authorities of the British East India Company. As a result of this, the areas of Orissa
and Bengal were placed under the administrative control of the British East India Company.
Bengal Presidency, unlike the British Provinces of Bombay and Madras, integrated the British territories located towards the north of the Central Provinces (now Madhya Pradesh
), from the openings of the river Brahmaputra
and the Ganges River. It also incorporated areas in British Punjab
and the Himalayas as well. Anthony Weltden served in office till 4 March 1711 and was succeeded by John Russell
, who acted as the President of the province of Bengal from 4 March 1711 to 3 December 1713.
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