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Dr. Eric Willams

The first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
The first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

I was born here, and here I stay, with the people
of Trinidad and Tobago, who educated me free of
charge for nine years at Queens Royal College  and for five years at Oxford, who have made me
whatever I am, and who have been or might be
at any time the victims of the very pressure which
I have been fighting against… I am going to let
down my bucket where I am, right here with you
in the British West Indies.”

From Public Lecture at Woodford
Square, 21 June 1955

Born on September 25, 1911, Eric Williams was the son of Elisa and Henry Williams, a minor Post Office official in Trinidad. He was educated at Queen’s Royal College and won the Island Scholarship to Oxford University. At Oxford, he placed first in the First Class of the History Honours School and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1938. His doctoral thesis, The Economic Aspect of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery, was considered an important contribution to research on the subject and was published in 1944 in Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery. Much of Williams’ educational pursuits at Queen’s Royal College and Oxford University is documented in his book, Inward Hunger: The Education of a Prime Minister.

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Dr. Eric Williams- The Father of our Nation

Dr. Eric Williams, the firts Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Eric Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He was awarded the Trinity Cross posthumously in 2002. His contributions to this nation are numerous. In his address to the nation on our first day of Independence, Dr. Williams said:

Whatever the challenge that faces you, from whatever quarter, place always first the national interest and the national cause. The strength of the nation depends on the strength of its citizens. Our National Anthem invokes God’s blessings on our nation, in response to those thousands of citizens of all faiths who demanded God’s protection in our Constitution.

Let us then as a nation so conduct ourselves as to be able always to say in those noblest and most inspiring words of St Paul, “By the Grace of God, we as people are what we are, and His Grace in us hath not been void.”

Last Call for Nominations

Source: Office of the Prime Minister Website - www.opm.gov.tt
Source: Office of the Prime Minister Website – http://www.opm.gov.tt

Nominations are invited for the National Awards: The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia Medal, the Hummingbird Medal and the Medal of Merit.

Deadline for submission of Nomination forms July 6th 2009.

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