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Sir George Morton Pitt was one of the Presidents of Madras Presidency
in undivided India from the year 1730 to 1735, under the administrative control of the British East India Company
. He was also a well known British Politician and a colonial administrator. He was born in the year 1693 in the renowned Pitt family of England. Pitt was appointed as the President of the Province of Madras in British India on 14 May 1730. He was preceded by Sir James Macrae who served as the President of Madras province from 15 January 1725 to 14 May 1730.
The Madras Presidency, also known as the Presidency of Fort St. George and Madras Province, was an administrative sub division of British dominated India. Madras (now Chennai
) was the winter capital of the province and Ootacamund (now Ooty
) was the summer capital of the British presidency. The territory integrated almost all of southern India, including the modern states of states of Tamil Nadu
, the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh
Islands, the Malabar region of North Kerala
and Gajapati districts
of southern Orissa
, Dakshina Kannada
and Udupi districts
George Morton Pitt came to Madras (now Chennai
) on May 14, 1730 from Fort St David. He immediately presided over the office and proceeded against his predecessor Macrae for charges of corruption. Later Pitt revoked the government ban on the export of silver, which was introduced by Sir James Macrae.
Pitt held office till 23 January 1735 and was succeeded by Sir Richard Benyon, who served as the President of Madras Presidency from 23 January 1735 to 14 January 1744. Sir George Morton Pitt died on 9 February 1756.
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