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

YearVenuePresident
1885Bombay (Sir Tej Pal Sanskrit Vidyalaya)W.C. Banerjee (Attended by 72 persons, Kadambari Ganguli the first women member)
1886CalcuttaDadabhai Naoroji (First Parsi president)
1887MadrasBadruddin Tayabji (First muslim president)
1888AllahabadGeorge Yule (First english president)
1889BombayWilliam Wedderburn
1890CalcuttaPheroz Shah Mehta
1891NagpurAnand Charlu
1892AllahabadW.C. Banerjee
1893LahoreDadabhai Naoroji
1894MadrasAlfred Webb
1895PoonaSurendranath Banerjee
1896CalcuttaRahimtulla Mahomed Sayani
1897AmrootiC. Sankaran Nair
1898MadrasAnand Mohan Bose
1899LucknowRomesh Chunder Dutt
1900LahoreN.G. Chandavarkar
1901CalcuttaDinshaw Eduljee Wacha
1902AhmedabadSurendranath Banerjee
1903MadrasLalmohan Ghosh
1904BombaySir Henry Cotton
1905BanarasG.K. Gokhale
1906CalcuttaDadabhai Naoroji (‘Swaraj’ resolution was passed)
1907SuratRashbehari Ghosh (Split between Moderates and Extremists)
1908MadrasRashbehari Ghosh
1909LahoreMadan Mohan Malviya
1910AllahabadWilliam Wedderburn
1911CalcuttaBishan Narayan Dhar
1912PatnaR.N. Mudhalkar
1913KarachiSyed Muhammad Bahadur
1914MadrasBhupendranath Bose
1915BombaySir SP Sinha
1916LucknowAmbica Charan Mazumdar (Lucknow Pact. Merger of two groups of Congress)
1917CalcuttaMrs. Annie Besant (First women president)
1918Bombay (spacial session)Syed Hasan Imam
1918DelhiMadan Mohan Malviya
1919AmritsarChittaranjan Das
1920NagpurC. Vijayaraghav Achariar (Changes in the constitution of congress)
1921AhmedabadHakim Ajmal Khan (acting President) Chittaranjan Das was president who was in jail
1922GayaChittaranjan Das
1923Delhi (spacial session)Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Youngest president)
1923CocanadaMuhammad Ali Jauhar
1924BelgaumMahatma Gandhi
1925KanpurSarojni Naidu (First Indian Woman President)
1926GuwahatiS. Srinivasa Iyengar
1927MadrasM.A. Ansari
1928CalcuttaMotilal Nehru
1929LahoreJawaharlal Nehru (Poorna Swaraj Resolution)
1930No sessionJawaharlal Nehru continued as president
1931KarachiVallabhbhai Patel (Resolution on Fundamental Rights and National Economic policy was passed)
1932DelhiRanchhodlal Amritlal
1933CalcuttaNellie Sengupta
1934BombayRajendra Prasad (Formation of Congress Socialist Party)
1935No SessionRajendra Prasad continued as president
1936LacknowJawaharlal Nehru
1937FaizpurJawaharlal Nehru (First Session held in a village)
1938HaripurSubhash Chandra Bose
1939TripuriSubhash Chandra Bose (defeated Gandhi’s nominee Pattabhi Sitaramayya)
1940RamgarhMaulana Abul Kalam Azad
1941-1945No SessionMaulana Abul Kalam Azad continued as the President
1946MeerutJ. B. Kripalani
1947DelhiRajendra Prasad
1948JaipurDr. Pattabhi Sitaramayya