Haji Mohamad sheriff Bin Osman was an administrator and leader
born of commoner parentage at a time when the administration of
the State was run by aristocrats with such titles as Tunku, Syed
and Wan. He was born on August 5 1890 at Seberang Sungai Raja, Alor
Setar. He went to Penang Free School, an English school, where he
studied up to Standard 7.
In the earlier years of his employment as an administrator, Haji
Mohamad Sheriff was appointed to old many important posts in the
Kedah State Government. Some of his appointments were as an interpreter
in the English Advisor's Office in Alor Setar in 1907, as Assistant
Secretary of the State Council in 1910, as Head for Land Development
in 1912, as Assistant State Secretary in 1915 and as State Secretary
from 1931 till 1948. He was also appointed as the State's first
Menteri Besar from 1948 till 1954.
As a mark of recognition for his excellent service as the Menteri
Besar of Kedah, he was coferred with several awards, some of which
were the 'Award of Kedah Long Service Medal' by His Majesty Sultan
Abd. Hamid, the C.BE. and the C.MG. by the King of England in London
and the 'Kedah Medal of Merit' by His Majesty Sultan Badlishah.
Haji Mohamad sheriff died on 27 September 1962, aged 72 , andwas
laid to rest at the Akar Peluru Muslim cemetery in Alor Setar