Dadabhai Naoroji(1825-1917), President of Indian National Congress and politician; MP for Finsbury
Sitter in 4 portraits
The son of a poor Parsi priest, Naoroji was educated at Elphinstone College in Bombay where he later became the first Indian professor and an active participant in reform societies. In 1855, he came to London to open a branch of the firm of Cama & Co., of which he was a partner and combined commerce, politics and teaching, being employed as Professor of Gujarati at University College, London (1856-65). Commuting regularly between India and Britain, he campaigned to open the Indian Civil Service to Indians and on what he saw was the drain of Indian financial resources caused by British rule. He was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress (1885), founder of the London Zoroastrian Association (1861) and the first Asian to be a British MP (MP for Finsbury 1892-95).