List of Indian National Congress Sessions 1885-1950

Indian National Congress Sessions 1885-1950:

Year and VenuePresidentComment
1885- Bombay (Sir Tej Pal Sanskrit Vidyalaya)W.C. Bonnerjee72 delegates attended, Kadambari Ganguli was the first women member
1886- CalcuttaDadabhai NaorojiFirst Parsi President
1887- MadrasBadr-ud-din TyabjiFirst Muslim President, appeal to Muslim to join
1888- AllahabadGeorge YuleFirst English President
1889- BombaySir William Wedderburn
1890- CalcuttaSir Pheroz Shah Mehta
1891- NagpurP. Ananda Charlu
1892- AllahabadW.C. Bonnerjee
1893- LahoreDadabhai Naoroji
1894- MadrasAlfred WebbIrish member of the British Parliament
1895- PoonaSurendra Nath Banerjee
1896- CalcuttaM. Rahimtulla Sayani
1897- AmravatiC. Sankaran Nair
1898- MadrasAnand Mohan Bose
1899- LucknowRomesh Chandra Dutt
1900- LahoreN.G. Chandravarkar
1901- CalcuttaDinshaw E. Wacha
1902- AhmedabadSurendra Nath Banerjee
1903- MadrasLal Mohan Ghosh
1904- BombaySir Henry Cotton
1905- BanarasGopal Krishna Gokhale
1906- CalcuttaDadabhai NaorojiThe resolution of Swaraj was passed
1907- SuratDr. Rashbehari GhoshCongress Party splits into Moderates and Extremists
1908- MadrasDr. Rashbehari Ghosh
1909- LahoreMadan Mohan Malaviya
1910- AllahabadSir William Wedderburn
1911- CalcuttaBishan Narayan Dhar
1912- PatnaR.N. Mudholkar
1913- KarachiNawab Syed Mohammad Bahadur
1914- MadrasBhupendra Nath Basu
1915- BombaySir S.P. Sinha
1916- LucknowAmbika Charan MazumdarFirst readmission of Extremist into INC; Secondly a bond of alliance created between the Congress and the Muslim League
1917- CalcuttaAnnie BesantFirst Woman President
1918- Bombay (special session) and DelhiSaiyed Hassan Imam (Bombay) and Madan Mohan Malaviya (Delhi)
1919- AmritsarMotilal Nehru
1920- NagpurC. Vijaya Raghava ChariyarChanges in the Constitution of Congress
1921- AhmedabadC.R. Das in prison (acting President Hakim Ajmal Khan)
1922- GayaC.R. DasSplit within INC
1923- Delhi (special session) and Kakinada (also called Cocanada)Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Delhi) and Maulana Mohammad Ali (Kakinada)Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Youngest President
1924- BelgaumMahatma Gandhi
1925- KanpurMrs Sarojini NaiduFirst Indian Woman President
1926- GauhatiSrinivasa Iyengar
1927- MadrasDr M.A. Ansari
1928- CalcuttaMotilal NehruAll India Youth Congress formed
1929- LahoreJawaharlal NehruPoorna Swaraj Resolution
1930- No SessionJawaharlal Nehru continued as the PresidentOn account of the Civil Disobedience Movement, no Congress session could be held in 1930
1931- KarachiVallabhbhai PatelResolution on Fundamental Rights and National Economic Policy was passed
1932- DelhiR.D. Amritlal
1933- CalcuttaM.M. Malaviya arrested before the session so Nellie Sengupta Presided
1934- BombayRajendra PrasadFormation of Congress Socialist Party
1935- No SessionRajendra Prasad continued as the President
1936- LucknowJawaharlal Nehru
1937- FaizpurJawaharlal NehruFirst session to be held in a village
1938- HaripuraSubhash Chandra Bose
1939- TripuriSubhash Chandra BoseSubhash Chandra Bose defeated Gandhi’s nominee Pattabhi Sitaramayya.
1940- RamgarhMaulana Abul Kalam Azad
1941-1945- No SessionMaulana Abul Kalam Azad continued as the PresidentThe annual session of the Congress could not be held for five years, on account of the launching of the Quit India Movement, when the congress was declared as an illegal organisation and all congress leaders were put behind the bars.
1946- MeerutJ.B. Kripalani
1947- DelhiRajendra Prasad
1948-JaipurPattabhi SitaramayyaThe first session after independence
1950- NasikPurushottam Das Tandon

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