From 1857 to 1919 was a period of building and development. The Anglo-Indians played an outstanding role in serving and maintaining the posts and telegraphs, customs and police services, and specially the national asset, the railways.
In 1942, Frank Anthony was elected to succeed Henry Gidney as the president of what was then the All-India Anglo-Indian and Domiciled Europeans Association. On the eve of independence, the request for a single seat in India's Constituent Assembly was refused by the British. Frank Anthony then appealed to the generosity of the Indian leaders and his astute and convincing appeal ensured a place for his community in the Constituent Assembly as also a special position in republican India's constitution.