D. S. Senanayake

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The Right Honourable
D. S. Senanayake
Official Photographic Portrait of Don Stephen Senanayaka (1884-1952).jpg
D.S. Senanayake
Prime Minister of Ceylon
Assumed office
14 October 1947
Monarch George VI
Elizabeth II
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Dudley Senanayake
Personal details
Born (1884-10-20)20 October 1884
Botale, Negombo, British Ceylon
Died 22 March 1952(1952-03-22) (aged 67)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
Nationality Ceylonese
Political party United National Party
Spouse(s) Molly Dunuwila
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Don Stephen Senanayake (Sinhala: දොන් ස්ටීවන් සේනානායක; 20 October 1884 – 22 March 1952) was an independence activist. He was the first Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) from 1947 to 1952.

Early Life[change | change source]

He was born in the village of Botale. He was the son of Mudaliyar Don Spater Senanayake and Dona Catherina Elizabeth Perera Gunasekera Senanayake. Brought up in a Buddhist family, he entered Anglican school S. Thomas' College, Mutwal. Though a smart student, at school Senanayake did not succeed. He witnessed Buck’s famous farewell speech "You have learned the best lessons from STC (St. Thomas’s College)... true manliness and truth, courage, purity and all those things that make a man a gentleman...".