"Ranjit-Singh held sway over the Punjab"

Ranjit Singh
Public DomainRanjit Singh - Credit: Woudloper
Ranjit Singh, the 'Lion of the Punjab', was the first Maharaja of the Sikh empire.  He was crowned in 1801 and ruled over the Punjab, leading the Sikh army against the Afghans, until his death in 1839.