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Henry Frankland acted as the President of province of Bengal in British India from the year 1726 to 1728. He was one of the most prominent Colonial administrators of the British East India Company
. Frankland, the son of Sir Thomas Frankland, 2nd Baronet, was appointed as the President of Bengal Presidency
on 30 January 1726 and was preceded by John Deane
as the President of the province.
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. Henry Frankland served in office as the President of province of Bengal till 17 September, 1728 and was succeeded by Edward Stephenson as the President of Bengal Presidency, who acted as Bengal's President from 17 September 1728 to 18 September 1728. Henry Frankland had 2 sons, namely Sir Thomas Frankland, 5th Baronet and Sir Charles Frankland, 4th Baronet.
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