Annamalai Chettiar

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Raja Sir Satappa Ramanatha Muttaiya Annamalai Chettiar <small>KCSI</small> (b. September 30, 1881 - d. June 15, 1948), also known as S.Rm.M.Annamalai Chettiar, was an Indian industrialist, banker, educationist and philantropist, who is largely remembered for his social work and endowments in Tamil Nadu. He is the founder of Annamalai University in Chidambaram.

Early life

Annamalai Chettiar was born on September 30, 1881 at Kanadukathan in the Sivaganga estate of the then Madura district in the Madras Presidency of British India. His father, S.R.M.M. Muthiah Chettiar and brother Ramaswami Chettiar were noted bankers and philantropists. Ramaswami Chettiar was one of the founders of the Indian Bank of which Annamalai Chettiar later served as a director.

After his schooling, he joined his family business. During the course of his business, he visited some of the countries in Southeast Asia. He also spent a considerable time in England. On his return home, he became the head of the civic body of Karaikudi, also member of several local organizations and the District Board.


In 1916, he transferred from local affairs to the Legislative Council of Madras Presidency, where he sat for 3 years. In 1920 he stood for election to the Council of State, established under the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms, and was returned for the general constituency (the whole of the Presidency) at the head of polls. He held his seat in the Council for three consecutive terms, always by...
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