Lewin Bentham Bowring

Lewin Bentham Bowring

Lewin Bentham Bowring

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Lewin Bentham Bowring (1824–1910) was a British civil servant in India who served as commissioner of Mysore between 1862 and 1870. He was also an author and man of letters.


He was the second son of Sir John Bowring, and the brother of John Charles Bowring and Edgar Alfred Bowring.


Bowring joined the Bengal Civil Service in 1843. He became Assistant Resident at Lahore in 1847,Note: Punjab was a part of the Bengal Presidency from immediately after its annexation until 1858, when it became a separate province under a Lieutenant-Governor. and later joined the Punjab commission. From 1858 to 1862, he was private secretary to the Viceroy of India, Lord Canning.

Bowring served as Chief Commissioner of Mysore from 1862 to 1870. This was during the period between 1831 and 1881 when the Maharaja of Mysore had been dispossessed of his state by the British Raj and Mysore was being administered by the Mysore Commission. The Bowring Institute in Bangalore, which was founded by Lewis Rice in 1868, is named after him.

During the last year of his incumbency, Bowring also served as the first Chief Commissioner of Coorg. He was created Companion of the Star of India (CSI) in 1867. He retired from the Indian Civil Service in 1870 and returned to England the same year.


After retiring from service, Bowring turned...
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