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David Hare

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Abha, 10+2 (Med), Wisdom World School, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India - 136118

Nationality: Scottish, British Indian

Known to be: Philanthropist, Educationist

Born: 1775

Died: June 1, 1842

Scottish by birth, born in 1775 in Scotland (England), was a watchmaker and philanthropist in Bengal. He came to India in 1800 to make a fortune as a watch maker. However, while he prospered in his business his mind was distracted by the deplorable conditions of the Bengali population and unlike most of the other people who returned to their native land after gathering a fortune to live a life in peace and prosperity, he decided to stay back in India and devoted himself entirely to the cause of their uplift. However, he was no missionary, seeking to convert others to his religion. He lived his own life and allowed others to live their own, only helping to improve their condition. In 1842, David Hare died of cholera.

David Hare associated himself with Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the great Indian Reformer. He devoted his head and heart to the cause of Indian Education. He founded many important and prestigious educational institutions in Kolkata, such as the Hindu School, and Hare School and helped in founding Presidency College. He founded the Hindu College, later renamed Presidency College on January 20, 1817, with help of Babu Buddi Nath Mukherjee and Sir Hyde East (then the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court).

His efforts were not limited only to the cause of education. He worked also in other spheres of life to ameliorate the condition of the people. He devoted his earnest efforts to secure the repeal of some of the Regulations against the Native Press, to get the trial by jury for the civil suits in the Supreme Court, and to stop the emigration of Indian coolies to work in the plantation of Mauritius, Bourbon and the other islands. In recognition of his valuable services, the Government appointed him as a Judge of the Court of Requests in 1838.

References

Bilal D., 2017, “PROMINENT HISTORICAL PERSONALITIES OF INDIA,” Pratiyogita Darpan English; August 2017: 114.

Kalpana Rajaram, 2015, “Personalities Associated with the National Movement,” Spectrum’s Handbook for General Studies Paper – I; Spectrum Books (P) Ltd., New Delhi; p. 36-40.

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