Lord William Bentinck (1774, London–1839, Paris)[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. "Lord William Bentinck", Retrieved on September 10, 2011.
  2. "Lord William Bentinck", Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on September 10, 2011.
  3. "From Tea to Ashram", Sat Tal Christian Ashram. Retrieved on September 10, 2011.