T. Rama Rao (administrator)

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T. Rama Rao
T. Rama Rao.jpg
Portrait of T. Rama Rao
Diwan of Travancore
In office
Monarch Moolam Thirunal
Preceded by V. Ramiengar
Succeeded by S. Shungrasoobyer
Personal details
Born 1831
Trivandrum, Travancore
Died 5 June 1895
Trivandrum, Travancore
Occupation civil servant, Administrator
Profession Statesman
Religion Hindu

T. Rama Rao CIE (c. 1831 – 5 June 1895) was an Indian administrator who served as the Diwan of Travancore from 1887 to 1892. V. Nagam Aiya, in his 1906 Travancore State Manual calls him "the most popular Diwan in recent times". Rama Rao was a cousin of Sir T. Madhava Rao and R. Raghunatha Rao

Early life and career[edit]

Rama Rao was born in Trivandrum in the year 1831 to Sakharam Row, a former District and Sessions judge. Rama Rao had his schooling at the Rajah's Free School in Trivandrum and the L. M. S. Seminary at Nagercoil. On completion of his education, Rama Rao entered the Travancore civil service and worked as a clerk. When he did not receive promotion, Rama Rao quit the job and accepted an offer as a translator in district and sessions court in Calicut.

In 1857, Rama Rao was appointed Tahsildar of Kalkulam. Rama Rao was hailed by European missionaries for the character shown by him as a tahsildar. He was soon promoted as Deputy Sheristadar and as First Sheristadar in the Huzur Cutcherry. He became Deputy Peishkar of the Quilon Division in 1862.

Rama Rao served as Deputy Peishkar of Quilon division from 1862 to 1878 and Kottayam division from 1878 to 1887, when he was appointed Diwan of Travancore.

Later life and death[edit]

Rama Rao died on 5 June 1895.