Lord William Bentinck (1774, London–1839, Paris) was the governor of Madras in India between 1803 and 1807. After a period of participation in the Napoleonic Wars, was eventually appointed the governor-general of India in 1827.
In 1834, he appointed a "tea committee" to provide advice regarding the commercial cultivation of tea in India. The body began researching suitable harvesting locations and dispatched its secretary, Mr. G J Gordon, to acquire tea plants, seeds and workers from China. By 1835, the committee was divided whether to choose the Himalaya regions or Upper Assam, where wild tea had been discovered.