List of Governors of Maharashtra

List of Governors of Maharashtra
The Governor of Maharashtra is the constitutional head of Maharashtra. He is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years, and holds office at the President's pleasure.

Royal Governor of Bombay State
The marriage treaty of Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza that concluded on 8 May 1661 placed Bombay under British rule—the territory was part of Catherine's dowry. On 19 March 1662, Abraham Shipman was appointed the first Governor and General of the city, and his fleet arrived somewhere in September or October 1662. Though due to some irregularities in letters, he never technically took charge of the office. Humphrey Cooke was the second Governor-General of Bombay and first British to took the Charge of the office.


#NameFromTo
1Abraham Shipman19 March 1662October 1664
2Humphrey CookeFebruary 16655 November 1666
3Gervase Lucas5 November 166621 May 1667
4Henry Gary22 May 166723 September 1668


Company Governor of Bombay
On 21 September 1668, Bombay was transferred to British East India Company for an annual rent of £10 under Royal Charter of 27 March 1668. The island was handed over to British East India Company on 23 September 1668. At that point of time, Bombay was under the juridiction of Surat, but later in 1687, the seat of Governor was officially shifted from Surat to Bombay.


#NameFromTo
1George Oxenden23 September 166814 July 1669
2Gerald Aungier14 July 166930 June 1677
3Henry Oxenden30 June 167727 October 1681
4John Child27 October 16814 February 1690
5Richard Keigwin27 December 168319 November 1684
6Bartholomew Harris#4 February 169010 May 1694
7Daniel Annesley*10 May 169417 May 1694
8John Gayer17 May 1694November 1704
9Nicholas WaiteNovember 1704September 1708
10William AislabieSeptember 170811 October 1715
11Stephen Strutt*11 October 171526 December 1715
12Charles Boone26 December 17159 January 1722
13William Phipps9 January 172210 January 1729
14Robert Cowan10 January 172922 September 1734
15John Horne22 September 17347 April 1739
16Stephen Law7 April 173915 November 1742
17John Geekie*15 November 174226 November 1742
18William Wake26 November 174217 November 1750
19Richard Bourchier17 November 1750176010
20John Holkell*176028 February 1760
21Charles Crommelin28 February 176027 January 1767
22Thomas Hodges27 January 176723 February 1771
23William Hornby26 February 17711 January 1784
24Rawson Hart Boddam1 January 17849 January 1788
25Andrew Ramsay*9 January 17886 September 1788
26William Medows6 September 178821 January 1790
27Robert Abercromby21 January 179026 November 1792
28George Dick*26 November 17929 November 1795
29John Griffith*9 November 179527 December 1795
30Jonathan Duncan27 December 179511 August 1811
31George Brown*11 August 181112 August 1812
32Sir Evan Nepean, Bt.12 August 18121 November 1819
33Mountstuart Elphinstone1 November 18191 November 1827
34Sir John Malcolm1 November 18271 December 1830
35Sir Thomas Sidney Beckwith*1 December 183015 January 1831
36John Romer*17 January 183121 March 1831
37John FitzGibbon21 March 183117 March 1835
38Sir Robert Grant17 March 18359 July 1838
39James Farish*11 July 183831 May 1839
40James Rivett Carnac31 May 183927 April 1841
41William Hay Macnaghten*27 April 184128 April 1841
42George William Anderson*28 April 18419 June 1842
43George Arthur9 June 18426 August 1846
44Lestock Robert Reid*6 August 184623 January 1847
45George Russell Clerk*23 January 18471 May 1848
46Lucius Cary (Lord Falkland)1 May 184826 December 1853
47John Elphinstone26 December 185311 May 1860
48George Russell Clerk11 May 186024 April 1862
*Acting Governor

Crown Governor of Bombay
After Indian Rebllion of 1857, the company was accused of mismanagement, and Bombay was transferred back to the Crown. In 1858, the process of company abolition began and Crown asserted full control.

#NameFromTo
1Sir Bartle Frere24 April 18626 March 1867
2Sir William Vesey-FitzGerald6 March 18676 May 1872
3Sir Philip Wodehouse`6 May 187230 April 1877
4Sir Richard Temple, Bt.30 April 187713 March 1880
5Lionel Robert Ashburner*13 March 188028 April 1880
6Sir James Fergusson, Bt.28 April 188027 March 1885
7James Braithwaite Peile*27 March 188530 March 1885
8The Lord Reay30 March 188512 April 1890
9George Robert Canning Harris27 March 189016 February 1895
10Herbert Mills Birdwood*16 February 189518 February 1895
11The Lord Sandhurst18 February 189517 February 1900
12The Lord Northcote17 February 19005 September 1903
13James Monteath*5 September 190312 December 1903
14The Lord Lamington12 December 190327 July 1907
15John William Muir Mackenzie*27 July 190718 October 1907
16Sir George Sydenham Clarke18 October 19075 April 1913
17The Lord Willingdon5 April 191316 December 1918
18Sir George Lloyd*16 December 19188 December 1923
19Maurice Hayward8 December 192310 December 1923
20Sir Leslie Orme Wilson10 December 192320 March 1926
21Sir Henry Staveley Lawrence20 March 19268 December 1928
22Sir Frederick Sykes9 December 19289 December 1933
23John Ernest Buttery Hotson[e]*19311931
24The Lord Brabourne9 December 193330 May 1937
25Robert Duncan Bell*30 May 1937*18 September 1937
26The Earl of Scarbrough18 September 193724 March 1943
27Sir John Colville24 March 19435 January 1948
*Acting Governor

Governor of Bombay State (Independent India) and Maharashtra*

# Name From To
1 Raja Sir Maharaj Singh 6 January 1948 30 May 1952
2 Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai 30 May 1952 5 December 1954
3 Dr Harekrushna Mahatab 14 March 1955 14 October 1956
4 Sri Prakasa 10 December 1956 16 April 1962
5 Dr P. Subbarayan 17 April 1962 6 October 1962
6 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit 28 November 1962 18 October 1964
7 Dr P V Cherian 14 November 1964 8 November 1969
8 Ali Yavar Jung 26 February 1970 11 December 1976
9 Sri Sadiq Ali 30 April 1977 3 November 1980
10 Air Chief Marshal O P Mehra 3 November 1980 5 March 1982
11 Air Chief Marshal I H Latif 6 March 1982 16 April 1985
12 Kona Prabhakara Rao 31 May 1985 2 April 1986
13 Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma 3 April 1986 2 September 1987
14 Kasu Brahmananda Reddy 20 February 1988 18 January 1990
15 Dr. C Subramaniam 15 February 1990 9 January 1993
16 Dr. P.C. Alexander 12 January 1993 13 July 2002
17 Mohammed Fazal 10 October 2002 5 December 2004
18 S.M. Krishna 12 December 2004 5 March 2008
19 S.C. Jamir 9 March 2008 22 January 2010
20 Kateekal Sankaranarayanan 22 January 2010 24 August 2014
21 Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao 30 August 2014 Present
*After Bombay State reorganization in 1960, Bombay State became to be known as Maharashtra.

Vijaylakshmi Pandit is the first and only female Governor of Maharashtra till date.