Abdur Rahman Biswas
() (born 1 September 1926 in the village of Shaistabad, Barisal District
) was the President of Bangladesh
between 1991 and 1996., from Banglapedia
Biswas was educated in the village where he was born and at Dhaka University
, where he received history degrees (a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) and a Master of Arts) and a degree in law. His subsequent public service included chairing a local cooperative bank and sponsoring educational initiatives.
Biswas was elected as a representative to the East Pakistan
Legislative Assembly in 1962 and 1965. In 1967 he represented Pakistan at the UN General Assembly
held general elections in 1979, in which Biswas obtained a seat in its parliament (Jatiyo Sangsad
). He held posts in its ministries. His seat in the parliament was confirmed during a 1991 election and soon afterwards he was chosen as Speaker of the Parliament. He won the October 1991 election for President
His tenure as President of the Caretaker government of Bangladesh
saw challenges from the military; according to Banglapedia
he dealt with these challenges 'firmly'.