Dictionary of Indian Biography/Best, Samuel

BEST, SAMUEL (1808?–1851)

Captain, Madras Engineers: entered the service in 1826: Secretary to the Board of Revenue in the P.W.D., 1842: planned the Singapore fortifications, and was made Superintendent of roads in Madras, 1845: under him road-making was very well managed under fixed rules: he executed many important works in the Madras Presidency: such as the Southern Trunk Road and the Goolcheroo Pass: and made valuable contributions to the Madras Literary Transactions and the Madras Engineering papers: died of jungle fever at Chitore on his return from the hills, Oct. 5, 1851.