Sir John Henry Kerr

Biography of Sir John Henry Kerr

John Henry Kerr's matriculation slip
John Henry Kerr's matriculation slip

John Henry Kerr was a student at the University of Glasgow. He was born on 31 May 1871 in Glasgow, son of the sugar merchant John Kerr. He was educated at the Glasgow Academy. He went onto become a colonial governor in British India.

Kerr first matriculated at the university in 1886 aged 15. He studied for an arts degree for two years, and later matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge in 1890. After his studies Kerr joined the Indian Civil Service in 1892. He progressed quickly through the ranks, first serving as settlement officer in Bihar in 1899 and later holding positions such as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, Governor of Assam and Deputy Chairman of the Indian Franchise Committee.

In 1911 Kerr was awarded the honour of C.I.E. He was later created a Knight Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (1922), and a Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India (1922). Sir John died on 8 April 1934 at his residence in Gerrards Cross and was buried in the cemetery at Chalfont St Peter.


Sir John Henry Kerr
Born 31 May 1871.
Died 8 April 1934.
University Link: Student
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: colonial governors
Record last updated: 24th Nov 2016

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