55. Henry Steel Olcott

Henry Steel Olcott was born on the 2nd of August 1832 in U.S.A He came to Sri Lanka in 1880 to witness the Buddhist Christian debate. He understood the greatness of Buddhism and started writing for Buddhist revival. He founded School in Sri Lanka. Colombo Ananda College, Kandy Dharmaraja College and Olcott College in Galle are some of them. He was able to get the Poya day declared a holiday.