Alexander Cardew

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Alexander Gordon Cardew
Governor of Madras (acting)
In office
29 March 1919 – 10 April 1919
Governor-General Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford
Preceded by John Sinclair, 1st Baron Pentland
Succeeded by Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon
Member of the Executive Council of the Governor of Madras
In office
Governor John Sinclair, 1st Baron Pentland
Personal details
Born 14 March 1861
Bath, Somerset, England
Died 12 January 1937 (1937-01-13) (aged 75)
Kensington, London, England
Nationality United Kingdom

Sir Alexander Gordon Cardew KCSI (14 March 1861 – 12 January 1937) was an Indian civil servant of British origin who served as the acting Governor of Madras from 29 March 1919 to 10 April 1919.

Early life

Alexander Cardew was born in Bath, Somerset on 14 March 1861 the eldest son of the Reverend J.W. Cardew.[1][2][3] He was educated at the Somersetshire College and The Queen's College, Oxford and entered the Indian Civil Service in 1881.[1]


Cardew served as an Under-Secretary in the Government of Madras from 1885 to 1890.[4] Between 1892 and 1899 he was Inspector-General of Prison.[1] He also served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council from 1906 to 1919 and in the Governor's Executive Council from 1914 to 1919.[4]

As Governor of Madras

Cardew served as the Acting Governor of Madras from 29 March 1919 to 10 April 1919[2][3]

Family life

Cardew married Evelyn Roberta Firth in 1886 and they had two sons and two daughters.[1] On 12 January 1937 he collapsed and died in the street in Kensington, London from a heart attack, aged 75.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sir A.G. Cardew – Service in Madras". Obituaries. The Times (47581). London. 13 January 1937. col D, p. 14.
  2. ^ a b "Colonial administrators and post-independence leaders in India (1616–2000)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b "Provinces of British India". World Statesmen.
  4. ^ a b Morrison, George Ernest (1978). The Correspondence of G. E. Morrison 1912–1920. CUP Archive. p. 788. ISBN 0-521-21561-7, ISBN 978-0-521-21561-9.
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