Dr Anton Buttigieg

Dr Anton Buttigieg

Birth
Qala, Gozo and Comino, Malta
Death 5 May 1983 (aged 71)
Pieta, Northern Harbour, Malta
Burial Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
Memorial ID 27064084 · View Source
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Second President of Malta. Qala born Anton Buttigieg received his first education at the local primary school before entering Gozo's Diocesan Seminary, studying for the priesthood from 1923 until 1927. Leaving his theological studies in 1928, he entered St. Aloysius's College and later the University of Malta, graduating bachelor of arts in 1934 and doctor of laws in 1940. Entering the Police Force as inspector during the Second World War, he thereafter practiced law, beginning to serve as of 1955 as acting magistrate. Law reporter and leader writer of "The Times of Malta" from 1946 until 1948, and the editor of "The Voice of Malta", from 1959 till 1970, Buttigieg embarked on a political career, being first elected to the House of Representatives of Malta in the Labour Party interest in 1955. Re-elected in all subsequent elections, he held his seat in parliament up to the time of his resignation in October 1976. President of the Malta Labour Party from 1959 until 1961 and deputy leader between 1962 and 1976, when the Malta Labour Party returned to office in 1971, he was named deputy prime minister and minister of justice and parliamentary affairs. Delegate to the Malta Constitutional Conferences held in London in 1958 and in 1964, he was also a representative to the Consultative Assembly in the Council of Europe from 1967 until 1971, serving as vice-president for the term of 1967 and 1968. Sworn as the second President of the Republic of Malta on December 27, 1976, Buttigieg distinguished himself throughout the years in poetry. One of the founding members of the University "Society for the Maltese Language" back in his student years, he was a member of "L-Akkademja tal-Malti". His numerous publications include: "Fanali bil-Lejl", "Fl-Arena", "Ballati Maltin", "Il Mare di Malta", "Il-Għanja tas-Sittin", "The Lamplighter", and "Il-Muża bil-Kimono". President of the St. Gaetano's Band Club of Ħamrun which accompanied his funeral cortege following his demise in 1983, his leisure interests were horse racing and gardening. Receiving several awards in appreciation to his literary works, a monument in his honor was unveiled at Blata l-Bajda beside the headquarters of the Society of Christian Doctrine on May 5, 1985.

Bio by: Eman Bonnici


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 24 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27064084
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Anton Buttigieg (19 Feb 1912–5 May 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27064084, citing Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta ; Maintained by Find A Grave .