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Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse KCB GCSI (26 February 1811 – 25 October 1887), was a British colonial administrator.

Wodehouse was the eldest child of Edmond Wodehouse and his wife and first cousin Lucy Wodehouse. His paternal grandfather Thomas Wodehouse and maternal grandfather Reverend Philip Wodehouse were both younger sons of Sir Armine Wodehouse, 5th Baronet, whose eldest son John Wodehouse, 1st Baron Wodehouse, was the ancestor of the Earls of Kimberley.

Wodehouse entered the Ceylon Civil Service at an early age and later served as superintendent of British Honduras from 1851 to 1854 and as Governor of British Guiana from 1854 to 1861. The latter year he was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony and High Commissioner to South Africa, posts he held until 1870, and was then Governor of Bombay from 1872 to 1877, when he retired from public life. He was made a CB in 1860, a KCB in 1862 and a GCSI in 1876.

Wodehouse married Katherine Mary, daughter of F. J. Templer, in 1833. They had one child, Edmond Wodehouse, who became Member of Parliament for Bath. Wodehouse died in October 1887, aged 76.


Government offices
Preceded by
Charles St. John Fancourt
Superintendent of British Honduras
Succeeded by
William Stevenson
Preceded by
William Walker (acting)
Governor of British Guiana
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Hincks
Preceded by
Robert Wynyard (acting)
Governor of the Cape Colony
Succeeded by
Charles Craufurd Hay (acting)
Preceded by
Sir William Vesey-FitzGerald
Governor of Bombay
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Temple


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