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HASTINGS, Warren [1732-1818] -- British colonial administrator, governor-general of India

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A protégé of Lord Clive, who established British rule in India, Hastings carried out major reforms, and became governor of Bengal in 1772, and governor-general of all India in 1773. Impeached for corruption on his return to England in 1785, he was acquitted in 1795.

He went to India in 1750 at age 18 as a "writer", the lowest grade of clerk. Twenty-three years later he was governor-general. When he retired and returned to England, he was impeached on charges of maladministration and extortion, and tried in a largely political trial driven by his enemies. The trial lasted seven years and he was ultimately acquitted, but was brought to financial ruin in the process. The British East India Company undertook to support him after the trial.

His rumored mistress, Philadelphia Austen, was aunt of Jane Austen, the novelist.  -30-
 

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1773-1784
first governor-general of all India

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