Solomon Dias Bandaranaike

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Solomon Dias Bandaranaike
Born22 May 1862
Died31 July 1946
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationS. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia
OccupationBusinessman, chief advisor
TitleHead Mudaliyar
Spouse(s)Daisy Ezline Obeyesekere
ChildrenS. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
Alexandra Camelia Bandaranaike
Anna Florentina Bandaranaike

Sir Solomon Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilleke Senewiratna Rajakumaruna Kadukeralu Bandaranaike KCMG, Maha Mudaliyar, JP (Sinhala: සොලමන් ඩයස් බන්ඩාරනායක; 22 May 1862 - 31 July 1946) was the chief representative and adviser to the Governor of Ceylon, the monarch's representative in colonial Ceylon.

Early life[change | change source]

Bandaranaike was a member of an Sinhalese family, the son of Mudaliyar Don Christoffel Bandaranaike who was Mudaliyar Governors Gate and 2nd Udagaha Mudaliyar. He was educated at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia in Colombo.

He married Daisy Ezline Obeyesekere in 1898 and his son, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike became the 4th Prime Minister of Ceylon after independence and his granddaughter Chandrika Kumaratunga became both Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka. His grandson Anura Bandaranaike became Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.