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Edward Stephenson was one of the most prominent Presidents of Bengal Presidency
in British India who served in the position in the year 1728. He was also an eminent Colonial administrator of the British East India Company
. Stephenson was appointed as the President of the province of Bengal on 17 September 1728. He was preceded by Henry Frankland
as the President who held office from to 30 January 1726 to 17 September 1728.
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 formed 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 regions of Orissa
and Bengal were placed under the administrative control of the British East India Company.
Unlike the British Provinces of Bombay and Madras, Bengal Presidency included 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. Edward Stephenson served in office as the President of the province of Bengal till 18 September 1728. John Deane
, another celebrated British administrator, succeeded him as the President of Bengal in September 1728.
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