List of Indian National Congress Sessions

The Indian National Congress (INC) was established in 1885. The first President of the Indian National Congress was Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee. The Sessions of the Indian National Congress were held every year. In this article, we have published a list of all the sessions of the Indian National Congress before Indian independence.

Sessions of Indian National Congress before Independence

Year Venue President
1885 Bombay (Sir Tej Pal Sanskrit Vidyalaya) W.C. Banerjee (Attended by 72 persons, Kadambari Ganguli the first women member)
1886 Calcutta Dadabhai Naoroji (First Parsi president)
1887 Madras Badruddin Tayabji (First muslim president)
1888 Allahabad George Yule (First english president)
1889 Bombay William Wedderburn
1890 Calcutta Pheroz Shah Mehta
1891 Nagpur Anand Charlu
1892 Allahabad W.C. Banerjee
1893 Lahore Dadabhai Naoroji
1894 Madras Alfred Webb
1895 Poona Surendranath Banerjee
1896 Calcutta Rahimtulla Mahomed Sayani
1897 Amrooti C. Sankaran Nair
1898 Madras Anand Mohan Bose
1899 Lucknow Romesh Chunder Dutt
1900 Lahore N.G. Chandavarkar
1901 Calcutta Dinshaw Eduljee Wacha
1902 Ahmedabad Surendranath Banerjee
1903 Madras Lalmohan Ghosh
1904 Bombay Sir Henry Cotton
1905 Banaras G.K. Gokhale
1906 Calcutta Dadabhai Naoroji (‘Swaraj’ resolution was passed)
1907 Surat Rashbehari Ghosh (Split between Moderates and Extremists)
1908 Madras Rashbehari Ghosh
1909 Lahore Madan Mohan Malviya
1910 Allahabad William Wedderburn
1911 Calcutta Bishan Narayan Dhar
1912 Patna R.N. Mudhalkar
1913 Karachi Syed Muhammad Bahadur
1914 Madras Bhupendranath Bose
1915 Bombay Sir SP Sinha
1916 Lucknow Ambica Charan Mazumdar (Lucknow Pact. Merger of two groups of Congress)
1917 Calcutta Mrs. Annie Besant (First women president)
1918 Bombay (spacial session) Syed Hasan Imam
1918 Delhi Madan Mohan Malviya
1919 Amritsar Chittaranjan Das
1920 Nagpur C. Vijayaraghav Achariar (Changes in the constitution of congress)
1921 Ahmedabad Hakim Ajmal Khan (acting President) Chittaranjan Das was president who was in jail
1922 Gaya Chittaranjan Das
1923 Delhi (spacial session) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Youngest president)
1923 Cocanada Muhammad Ali Jauhar
1924 Belgaum Mahatma Gandhi
1925 Kanpur Sarojni Naidu (First Indian Woman President)
1926 Guwahati S. Srinivasa Iyengar
1927 Madras M.A. Ansari
1928 Calcutta Motilal Nehru
1929 Lahore Jawaharlal Nehru (Poorna Swaraj Resolution)
1930 No session Jawaharlal Nehru continued as president
1931 Karachi Vallabhbhai Patel (Resolution on Fundamental Rights and National Economic policy was passed)
1932 Delhi Ranchhodlal Amritlal
1933 Calcutta Nellie Sengupta
1934 Bombay Rajendra Prasad (Formation of Congress Socialist Party)
1935 No Session Rajendra Prasad continued as president
1936 Lacknow Jawaharlal Nehru
1937 Faizpur Jawaharlal Nehru (First Session held in a village)
1938 Haripur Subhash Chandra Bose
1939 Tripuri Subhash Chandra Bose (defeated Gandhi’s nominee Pattabhi Sitaramayya)
1940 Ramgarh Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
1941-1945 No Session Maulana Abul Kalam Azad continued as the President
1946 Meerut J. B. Kripalani
1947 Delhi Rajendra Prasad
1948 Jaipur Dr. Pattabhi Sitaramayya
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