The Madras Presidency, also known as the Presidency of Fort St. George and Madras Province, was an administrative sub division of British dominated India. The region included most of southern India, such as the modern states of Tamil Nadu, the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh, Lakshadweep Islands, the Malabar region of North Kerala, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangapur and Gajapati districts of southern Orissa and the Bellary, Ganjam, Dakshina Kannada, Rayagada and Udupi districts of Karnataka. Madras (now Chennai) was the winter capital of the province and Ootacamund (now Ooty) was the summer capital of the British presidency.
Sir Nicholas Morse ruled over the province as the President for a brief period and was marked by aggression between the French East India Company and the British East India Company. His tenure ended on 10 September 1746, after the province was seized by the French authorities. It was organised under the leadership of Bertrand Francois Mahe de La Bourdonnais, who later served as the Governor of Madras Presidency from 10 September 1746 to 2 October 1746. Nicholas Morse died on 28 May 1772 and was buried at St Mary's Church in Madras.
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