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Canning, Charles John Canning, Earl

Charles John Canning Canning, Earl, 1812–62, British statesman; third son of George Canning. Succeeding to the peerage conferred on his mother, he took his seat as Viscount Canning in the House of Lords (1837) and served as Sir Robert Peel's undersecretary for foreign affairs (1841–46) and Lord Aberdeen's postmaster general (1853–55). Appointed (1856) governor-general of India, he became known as "Clemency Canning" for his efforts to restrain revenge against the Indians during the Indian Mutiny. In 1858, when the power of government was transferred from the East India Company to the British crown, Canning became the first viceroy of India. He was created earl in 1859 and retired in 1862.

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Canning, Charles John, Earl (1812–62) British imperial administrator. Son of George Canning, he served in government before becoming Governor General of India (1856–58). He repressed the Indian Mutiny and followed a policy of conciliation earning him the nickname ‘Clemency Canning’. With the transfer of the government of India to the British Crown, Canning became the first Viceroy of India (1858–62).

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