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Dr Eric Eustace Williams
Birth: Sep. 25, 1911
Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago
Death: Mar. 29, 1981
Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He served as the first prime minister of independent Trinidad and Tobago from 1962 to 1981. He was educated at Queen’s Royal College, Port of Spain, and at the University of Oxford with studies in history and political science. Williams went to the United States in 1939 to teach social and political science at Howard University. While in the United States, he was involved in the Caribbean Commission, which was an effort by the United States and several other European nations to coordinate the economic development of the Caribbean region. Williams' agressive style while on the commission didn't make him popular with the United States and others. In 1956 he set up the People's National Movement (PNM) party in his home country and later that year the party won the general elections and Williams became first minister and then premier. In December of 1961 the PNM won the elections and with independence in August of 1962, he became the first prime minister of an independent Trinidad and Tobago. Williams practiced the policy of "pragmatic socialism", which stressed social services, improved education, and economic development along with foreign investment, as prime minister. His policies made Trinidad and Tobago one of the wealthier nations in the Caribbean and he was constantly re-elected until his passing in 1981. Williams made the country a republic in 1976. He also authored several books during his lifetime. (bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) 
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Scattered over the Gulf of Paria in Trinidad
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Record added: Feb 14, 2010
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Dr Eric Eustace Williams
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