Hameed Hussain Sheikh Ismail

Hameed Hussain Sheikh Ismail, MBE (19 May 1901 - 3 August 1974) was a Sri Lankan lawyer and politician. He was the 5th Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.[1]

Hameed Hussain Sheikh Ismail

Member of the Ceylon Parliament
for Puttalam
In office
Preceded byseat created
Succeeded byM. H. Naina Marikkar
5th Speaker of the Parliament
In office
19 April 1956 – 5 December 1959
Prime MinisterJohn Kotelawala
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
Wijeyananda Dahanayake
Preceded byAlbert Peries
Succeeded byTikiri Banda Subasinghe
Personal details
Born(1901-05-19)19 May 1901
Died3 August 1974(1974-08-03) (aged 73)
Political partyIndependent

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Puttalam to a middle-class family, started his Qur’anic lessons in 1905. He was educated at St. Andrew's College, Puttalam and at Wesley College, Colombo. He entered the Ceylon Law College, and passed the Proctor's Finals exams in 1925 winning several prizes.[2]

Legal careerEdit

Having qualified as a Proctor, Ismail started his legal practice in Colombo, but soon moved it to his home town of Puttalam.[2]

Political careerEdit

Entering local politics, Ismail was elected member of the Puttalam Local Board in 1929 and member of the Puttalam Urban Council in 1933 and served as Chairmen of the Puttalam Urban Council from 1936 to 1947. He was elected un-contested in the 1947 general election from the Puttalam electorate as an independent candidate to the Parliament of Ceylon. Soon after he was appointed by Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Food and Co-operative Undertakings. In 1948, he was elected Vice President of the All Ceylon Muslim League. Elected in the 1952 general election, he was elected Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees serving till 1956 and was elected Speaker following the 1956 general election, serving till 1959. In 1961, he was elected President of the All Ceylon Muslim League. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1949 New Year Honours.[2]


  1. ^ "Ismail, Hameed Hussain Sheikh". Parliament.lk. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Azwer, Alhaj A. H. M. "The Golden Plain - Life and times of Alhaj H. S. Ismail". Island. Retrieved 21 April 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Peries
Speaker of the Parliament
Succeeded by
Tikiri Banda Subasinghe