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 Digambar Mitra
RAJA DIGAMBAR MITRA (রাজা দিগম্বর মিএ), C.S.I. 1817-1879 :
This eminent man was born at Konnagar in 1817, educated in the Hindu College, and began life as a teacher in the Nizamat School, Murshidabad. After holding several posts of trust under Government, in 1838 he became manager to the Cossimbazar Raj, under Raja Krishnath. He received from Krishnath a gift of 1 lack rupees. With this large sum of money Digambar got on well in speculations in indigo and silk; but the failure of the Union Bank gave an overwhelming blow to his prospects. He however recovered by selling off his garden-house at Bagmari, and buying with the proceeds of the sale the Sunderban lot Dabipur, in the 24-Pergaoas, and became a Zamindar. He gained distinction in public life by taking a prominent part in the political questions of the day. He began as assistant-secretary to the British Indian Association in 1851; In 1869 he became Vice-President of the British Indian Association, and later, President; was a Member of the Epidemic Fever Commission, 1864, after which he held the theory that obstructed drainage is the chief cause of fever; 1872 appointed a member of the Legislative Council, and acting President of the British Indian Association; became Sheriff of Calcutta in 1874; made C.S.I. in 1876; Title of Raja was conferred on him in 1877. He died on April 20, 1879.