Don Stephen Senanayake
Origin and career
DS Senanayake was the son of Mudaliyar Don Spater Senanayake (1847-1907) and Dona Catherina Elizabeth Perera Gunasekera Senanayake (1852-1949). He came from a wealthy Buddhist family from Botale.
All 3 Senanayake brothers - Don Charles, Fredrick Richard and Don Stephen - have been politically active in the Lanka Mahajana Sabha party since 1919 . After Fredrick Richard's death in 1925, DS Senanayake took over the leadership of the party. He was elected to the State Council in 1931 , became Minister of Agriculture and, as such, was a member of the Ceylon War Cabinet during World War II. He founded the United National Party (UNP) on September 6, 1946 and resigned from the cabinet to achieve Ceylon independence. Ceylon became the British Dominion in June 1947 . On September 24, 1947 he became Prime Minister of Ceylon. On February 4, 1948, complete independence followed within the British Commonwealth under the leadership of the UNP. After the sudden death of DS Senanayake on March 22, 1952 in a riding accident, his son Dudley Shelton Senanayake became Prime Minister on March 26, 1952.
|SURNAME||Senanayake, Don Stephen|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Senanayake, DS|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Independence fighter and first Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) (1947–1952)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 20, 1883|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Botale , Negombo , Ceylon|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 22, 1952|
|Place of death||Colombo|