List of governors of the Gold Coast

This is a list of colonial administrators in the Gold Coast (modern Ghana) from the start of English presence in 1621 until Ghana's independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.

Governors of the Gold Coast (1621–1751)

He was the governor of Fort Winnebah.

Governors of the Committee of Merchants of the Gold Coast (1751–1822)

  • Thomas Melvil, 23 June 1751 – 23 January 1756
  • William Tymewell, 23 January 1756 – 17 February 1756
  • Charles Bell, 17 February 1756 – 15 October 1757, first time
  • Nassau Senior, 15 October 1757 – 10 May 1761, acting
  • Charles Bell, 10 May 1761 – 15 August 1763, second timetoday of the day
  • William Mutter, 15 August 1763 – 1 March 1766
  • John Hippersley, 1 March 1766 – 11 August 1766
  • Gilbert Petrie, 11 August 1766 – 21 April 1769
  • John Crossle, 21 April 1769 – 11 August 1770
  • David Mill, 11 August 1770 – 20 January 1777
  • Richard Miles, 20 January 1777 – 25 March 1780, first time
  • John Roberts, 25 March 1780 – 20 May 1781
  • John B. Weuves, 20 May 1781 – 29 April 1782, acting
  • Richard Miles, 29 April 1782 – 29 January 1784, second time
  • James Morgue, 29 January 1784 – 24 January 1787
  • Thomas Price, 24 January 1787 – 27 April 1787
  • Thomas Morris, 27 April 1787 – 20 June 1789
  • William Fielde, 20 June 1789 – 15 November 1791
  • John Gordon, 15 November 1791 – 31 March 1792, first time
  • Archibald Dalzel, 31 March 1792 – 16 December 1798, first time
  • Jacob Mould, 16 December 1798 – 4 January 1799, first time
  • John Gordon, 4 January 1799 – 28 April 1800, second time
  • Archibald Dalzel, 28 April 1800 – 30 September 1802, second time
  • Jacob Mould, 30 September 1802 – 8 February 1805, second time
  • George Torrane, 8 February 1805 – 4 December 1807
  • Edward White, 4 December 1807 – 21 April 1816
  • Joseph Dawson, 21 April 1816 – 19 January 1817
  • John Hope Smith, 19 January 1817 – 27 March 1822

Governors of the Gold Coast (1822–1828)

  • Sir Amankwaah Francis, 27 March 1822 – 17 May 1822, first time
  • James Chisholm, 17 May 1822–December 1822, first time
  • Sir Amankwaah Francis, December 1822–21 January 1824, second time
  • James Chisholm, 21 January 1824 – 17 October 1824, second time
  • Edward Purdon, 17 October 1824 – 22 March 1825
  • Major-general Sir Charles Turner, 22 March 1825 – 8 March 1826
  • Sir Neil Campbell, 18 May 1826 – 15 November 1826
  • Major Henry John Ricketts, 15 November 1826 – 11 October 1827, first time
  • Hugh Lumley, 11 October 1827 – 10 March 1828
  • George Hingston, 10 March 1828 – 5 June 1828
  • Major Henry John Ricketts, 5 June 1828 – 25 June 1828, second time

Governors of the Committee of Merchants of the Gold Coast (1828–1843)

  • John Jackson, 25 June 1828 – 19 February 1830
  • George Maclean, 19 February 1830 – 26 June 1836, first time
  • William Topp, 26 June 1836 – 15 August 1838
  • George Maclean, 15 August 1838 – 1843, second time

Governors of the Gold Coast (1843–1960)

In 1843 a governor was appointed subordinate to the Governor of Sierra Leone until 1850. After the Third Anglo-Ashanti War of 1873–74, the Gold Coast was formally declared a crown colony.

In 1957, the Gold Coast and British Togoland, became the independent country of Ghana. The viceroy in the new country was the Governor-General of Ghana.He was the representative of the Queen of England and thus acted in the Queen's name as other former governors had been in place and exercised such jurisdiction allocated to them by the constitutions they drew for themselves in respect to the governance of the colony.

See also

References

  1. "No. 27245". The London Gazette. 9 November 1900. p. 6854.
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