Online Encyclopedia


Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 298 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: it!
PRESIDENCY, an administrative unit of the Indian empire. The word is derived from the title of president or chief of the council of a principal factory under the early East India Company —a title which lasted until governors were appointed under act of parliament in 1784. It thence came to be applied to the three original provinces of Bengal, Madras, and Bombay. It is now restricted to Madras and Bombay, in distinction to the lieutenant-governorships. In Anglo-Indian usage, " presidency " was also applied to the capital city as opposed to the country beyond, termed the " mofussil "; and this usage lingers in such phrases as " presidency town," " presidency magistrate," and " presidency college."
End of Article: PRESIDENCY
PRESENTATIONISM (from Lat. prae-esse, praesens, pre...
PRESIDENT (Fr. president, from Lat. praesidens, pos...

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.