was the first Nawab of Dhaka
. He was the founder of the Dhaka Nawab Family
He was the nephew and heir of the merchant prince Khawaja Hafizullah, son of Khwaja Ahsanullah, and father of Khwaja Abdul Ghani
, the first Nawab of Dhaka to be recognized by the British Raj
Legacy of Khwaja Hafizullah
The ancestors of the Khwajas are said to have been traders of gold dust and skins in Kashmir. The earliest founding man of the Dhaka Nawab Estate is Maulvi Hafizullah, who upheld the family tradition and made his fortune in trade and commerce. Leather and salt were the major items of his business together with Greek trading partners. In collaboration with the Greek and Armenian merchants in Dhaka, he developed a flourishing business in hides and skins, salt and spices.
Alimullah took major responsibilities in the business of Hafizullah, whom raised in childhood, since the early death of Ahsanulla (his brother and Alimullah's father) in 1795, and groomed as an estate manager. Alimullah, an enterprising man himself, acquired extensive profitable landed property in and around Dhaka city, as well as in Barisal District
, Khulna District
, Dhaka, Mymensingh and Tripura
, in his own name. He also had a moneylending business and was one of the major shareholders and directors of Dhaka Bank.
During this time, zamindari estates of the defaulting proprietors were on sale everywhere in Bengal under the operation of Permanent Settlement
. Hafizullah purchased some zamindari estates... Read More