A. F. M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury

Justice Abul Fazal Mohammad 'AFM' Ahsanuddin Chowdhury (1 July 1915 – 30 August 2001) was a Bengali public servant and judge who served as the President of Bangladesh (1982–83).

A. F. M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury
9th President of Bangladesh
In office
27 March 1982 – 10 December 1983
Preceded byAbdus Sattar
Succeeded byHussain Muhammad Ershad
Personal details
Born(1915-07-01)1 July 1915
Mymensingh, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in Bangladesh)
Died30 August 2001(2001-08-30) (aged 86)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Political partyJatiya Party
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka


Chowdhury was born in 1915. He graduated and obtained his LL.B. degree from Dhaka University. He joined the Bengal Civil Service (judicial) in 1942, and subsequently served as district judge in Sylhet, Rangpur and Dhaka.[1] He was appointed Justice of the Dhaka High Court on 17 December 1968 by the then President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, and later a Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on 30 January 1974. He retired from service on 1 July 1977.


Following a military coup d'état in March 1982, the army chief of staff Hossain Mohammad Ershad assumed power as the chief martial law administrator, and Justice Ahsanuddin Chowdhury was made President of Bangladesh on 27 March 1982, a position which he held till 10 December 1983. Ershad then dismissed Ahsanuddin and assumed the presidency.[2]

Social and welfare institutionsEdit

He was the chairman of Bangladesh Scouts, chairman of the management board and trustee board of Dhaka Child Hospital, chairman of National Foundation of Mental Health, chairman of the managing committee of Dhaka Law College, chairman of anjuman-i-mufidul Islam, and chairman of Dhaka High Court mazar committee. He died on 30 August 2001.

See alsoEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Abdus Sattar
President of Bangladesh
Succeeded by
Hussain Muhammad Ershad


  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M., ed. (2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. p. 70. ISBN 9781134264902.
  2. ^ Shrestha, Nanda R. (2002). Nepal and Bangladesh. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. p. 234. ISBN 9781576072851.