Lieutenant General Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck GCB GCH PC, known as Lord William Bentinck, was a British soldier and statesman. He served as Governor-General of India from 1828 to 1835.
He has been credited for significant social and educational reforms in India, including abolishing sati, he forbade women to witness the cremations on the ghats of Varanasi, suppressing female infanticide and human sacrifice.
He ended lawlessness by eliminating thuggee – which had existed for over 450 years – with the aid of his chief captain, William Henry Sleeman. Along with Thomas Babington Macaulay he introduced English as the language of instruction in India.