The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Sabramanya Ayyer, Sir Subbiyer
Sabramanya Ayyer, Sir Subbiyer, Kt. (1907), K.C.I.E. (1900), B.L., honoris causa LL.D. (Madras, 1908); Diwan Bahadur, (1896), retired Judge, High Court, Madras; s. of late Mr. Subbiar of Madura; b. Madura, 1842 educ: Madura; joined service in Madura and rose to the position of Tahsildar; passed the pleaders’ test examination as 1st in the list, and applied for permission to practice Law in the Madura Court, but this was refused; resigned the service and passed B.L., 1868; studied with a Barrister, and was Reporter, Madras High Court; enrolled as Vakil, 1869; commenced practice in Madura Court and soon became leader of the District Bar and was President of the Madura Municipality; appointed Member, Madras Legislative Council, 1884; removed to Madras and commenced practice in the High Court; Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor, Madras, 1887; Acting Judge, High Court, 1891-92; confirmed, 1895; Offg. Chief Justice, 1905, 1906, 1907; retired, November 1907; Fellow, Madras University, 1886; Vice-Chancellor, Madras University, 1901; delivered Convocation Address to the graduates of the Madras University, 1896; actirely connected with the Indian National Congress prior to and after his elevation to the Bench; founded the National Press, and made it over to the Hindu of Madras; has closely identified himself with the Theosophical Society of which he was Vice President for some years; elected as Chairman, Reception Committee, Indian National Congress, 1914; was offered the Presidency of the Indian National Congress so far back as 1891, which he had to decline; well read in the intricacies of the Vedas. Publications; many Addresses on Social, Political. Financial matters. Address: Beach House, Mylapore, Madras.