Umaid Singh

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Umaid Singh
Maharaja of Jodhpur
Umaid Singh Bahadur Maharaja of Jodhpur (Marwar) 1936-1941.jpg
Maharaja of Jodhpur
PredecessorSumer Singh
Heir apparentHanwant Singh
Born(1903-07-08)8 July 1903
Jodhpur, Rajputana Agency, British India
Died9 June 1947(1947-06-09) (aged 43)
IssueHanwant Singh
FatherMaharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur

Umaid Singh GCSI GCIE KCVO (8 July 1903 – 9 June 1947), also spelled Umed Singh, was Maharaja of Jodhpur from 1918 to his death.

The second son of Sardar Singh of Jodhpur, he succeeded his elder brother Maharaja Sir Sumair Singh upon his death in 1918; in 1922 he served as the aide-de-camp to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). Ruling under the regency of his granduncle until 1923, he was then formally invested as Maharaja by Lord Reading. During his reign, Sir Umaid Singh reformed and reorganised the Jodhpur State Forces and the judicial department, introduced a scheme for extending primary education, revised the land revenue settlement and established state pensions and a Provident Fund for state employees. Enjoying a distinguished military career, he died at his estate on Mount Abu on 9 June 1947 after a reign of 29 years, aged but 43. He died from an acute attack of appendicitis while on a tiger hunt.


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