List of Governors of Singapore

The Governors of Singapore were the political leaders of Singapore during its pre-independence phase in the history of Singapore.

Residents of Singapore (1819–1826)

The Residents and Commandants of Singapore ruled the British colony that is today the Republic of Singapore. The men that held this position governed Singapore from 1819 to 1826, on behalf of the British East India Company.

Picture Name Term of office
Maj-Gen. William Farquhar6 February 18191 May 1823
Dr. John Crawfurd27 May 182315 August 1826

Governors of the Straits Settlements (1826–1946)

The Governors of the Straits Settlements ruled the Straits Settlements. The men that held this position governed the Straits Settlements from 1826 to 1946, on behalf of the British East India Company (until 1858), the India Office (until 1867) and the Colonial Office (until 1946).

Picture Name Term of office
Robert Fullerton27 November 182612 November 1830
Robert Ibbetson12 November 18307 December 1833
Kenneth Murchison7 December 183317 November 1836
Sir Samuel George Bonham18 November 1836January 1843
Ruled directly from the British East India Company
From January to August 1843.
Colonel Major-General William John ButterworthAugust 184321 March 1855
Edmund Augustus Blundell21 March 18556 August 1859
Major General Sir Orfeur Cavenagh6 August 185916 March 1867
Major General Sir Harry St. George Ord16 March 18674 November 1873
Sir Andrew Clarke4 November 18738 May 1875
Sir William Jervois8 May 18753 April 1877
Major General Edward Archibald Harbord Anson
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
3 April 1877August 1877
Sir William Cleaver Francis RobinsonAugust 187710 February 1879
Major General Edward Archibald Harbord Anson
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
10 February 187916 May 1880
Sir Frederick Weld16 May 188017 October 1887
Sir Cecil Clementi Smith17 October 188730 August 1893
William Edward Maxwell
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
30 August 18931 February 1894
Sir Charles Mitchell1 February 18947 December 1899
James Alexander Swettenham
Acting Governor of the Straits Settlements
7 December 18995 November 1901
Sir Frank Swettenham5 November 190116 April 1904
Sir John Anderson16 April 19042 September 1911
Sir Arthur Young2 September 191117 February 1920
Sir Laurence Guillemard17 February 19203 June 1927
Sir Hugh Clifford3 June 19275 February 1930
Sir Cecil Clementi5 February 19309 November 1934
Sir Shenton Thomas9 November 193415 February 1942
Japanese Occupation of the Straits Settlements
From 15 February 1942 to 12 September 1945.
British Military Administration of the Straits Settlements
From 12 September 1945 to 1 April 1946.
Lord Louis Mountbatten
British High Command
12 September 19451 April 1946
Continuation of the Governor of the Straits Settlements
Sir Shenton Thomas12 September 19451 April 1946

Governors of Singapore (1946–1959)

The Governors of Singapore ruled Singapore. The men that held this position governed the Crown Colony of Singapore from 1946 to 1959, on behalf of the Colonial Office until Singapore gained self-governance in 1959 in where the Office of the Governor was abolished.

Picture Name Term of office
Sir Franklin Charles Gimson1 April 194620 March 1952
Wilfred Lawson Blythe
Acting Governor of Singapore
20 March 195221 April 1952
Sir John Fearns Nicoll21 April 19522 June 1955
William Allmond Codrington Goode
Acting Governor of Singapore
2 June 195530 June 1955
Sir Robert Brown Black30 June 19559 December 1957
Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode9 December 19573 June 1959

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